Sci-Fried: The Otherworldy Works of Antwan Horfee
It would not be hyperbole to say that Horfee was your favorite graffiti artist's favorite graffiti artist at a time. He had a knack for the imaginative and abstract, a blend of characters and century-old cartoon style that felt like a blast of fresh air from the Parisian artist. Rarely does graffiti seem cinematic, and Antwan Horfee was a visionary in that regard.
It seems so incredibly apt then that his newest paintings, Sci-Fried, are now on view at Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles and still capture this ode to film and a bit of the cartoon and sci fi/horror film bizarre in them. These works are dense with layers, like a time-travel through underground and prevailing film trends that harken back to a glory days of moviemaking. Or as the gallery points out, "pproaching each painting as a work of fan art, Horfee gives form to the desires of fan culture and the compulsion to emulate venerated media while paying homage to personal filmic inspirations ranging from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho to George Lucas’s THX1138."
What is so intentionally aware in these paintings is this haziness, sort of like rolling through a fog machine of cinematic history. It works so well in the context of Horfee's work in graffiti and painting, this layered application of ideas and styles that marks his work so well. His transformation into such a fine artist from his influential graffiti work is one of our favorites of the past 20 years, and Sci-Fried elevates Horfee's practice once again. —Evan Pricco