Pemex and Klops "Get with the Program"
The distinctive styles of East and West Coast graffiti art converge in Get With the Program at First Amendment Gallery, a collaboration between two prolific, internationally-renowned graffiti artists, Pemex and Klops. In Get With the Program, Pemex and Klops interrogate emerging forms of mass communication, including the rise of “emojis” and the profound impact of this new visual language on American culture and politics. By contorting urban landscapes into intricate lettering, their work synthesizes alphabetic and pictorial forms of representation. As the show’s title suggests, “Get With the Program” is a call to action, and ultimately an assertion of the power of visual literacy against chatter, disinformation, and systemic violence.February 28, 2017