“I came to art from graffiti, and not the other way around.” That simple declaration sets the tone at the beginning of POSE’s new monograph, creating an overview for the bold and colorful paintings that follow. POSE has always been an artist who knows balance, whether deconstructing narratives in his paintings or creating novel experiments in color blocking and abstraction.
What’s important in this new title is the peek into his process and execution, where the Chicago-based artist finds inspiration and reinterprets subject matter into a surreal dreamscape. The book also shows his capacity for collaboration, in murals painted with contemporaries such as Revok and Dabs Myla, which demonstrates how POSE can take his work into unexpected places to find an authentic voice. The monograph features over 50 paintings that POSE has completed in recent years, along with studio practice and street pieces. Produced in a limited edition of 1500 copies, the book includes special prints, such as a hand-pulled, one-color “Color Study” screen print signed by the artist.
POSE is available through gingkopress.com
Originally published in the April, 2016 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine, available here.