REVOK Talks His First L.A. Solo Show
The self-titled exhibition will unveil more than a dozen hand-painted wood assemblages of geometric forms in bright colors and brain-scrambling patterns.
REVOK needs no introduction. The L.A.-original has spent the past 25 years securing a rep as a monster in the writing game. He has also successfully transitioned from hitting walls and freight trains to a dynamic studio practice, exhibiting internationally in both galleries and museums. Despite the acclaim of the art and writing worlds, REVOK has also long weathered the strain of being public enemy number one in the L.A. Sheriff’s Department’s war on graffiti. Regardless of numerous arrests, jail time, and exorbitant fines, REVOK has damned the odds by continuing to evolve and artistically shape-shift.
Following a highly productive 2-year creative hiatus in Detroit, REVOK returned to the West Coast in 2013. Since then, he has been forging an all-new body of work. On April 10, the good folks of Library Street Collective will present the culmination of that work with his first-ever solo show in Los Angeles. The self-titled exhibition will unveil more than a dozen hand-painted wood assemblages of geometric forms in bright colors and brain-scrambling patterns.
“I felt I was at a place to try new things,” says REVOK. “A lot of what I’m going to show in Los Angeles has to do with my new environment.” As far as process, the pieces are an outgrowth of the work that was generated during his extended stay in the Motor City. This time though, he exclusively uses materials he created in his California studio.
The new work hinges on the idea of singularity and the looming convergence of man and machine. “We as a civilization and species seem to be on the brink of a new era of evolution,” says REVOK. “The idea of our technology and biology merging into a new digital consciousness proposes new questions.”
REVOK: LOS ANGELES will be held at Library Street Collective’s temporary gallery space located at 1242 Palmetto Street. LSC will host an artist reception and public opening on Friday, April 10 at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be open daily through April 19.
House Beer recently hopped into the studio with REVOK as he prepped for the hometown show. Check out the video in the player above.