Posts Tagged ‘museum of contemporary art los angeles’

Artist of the moment…..Street legend Revok

Revok is an internationally renown street artist from Los Angeles, California born in the year 1977. His government name is Jason Williams. Started tagging at the age of 14 years old. Became famous for a series depicting the city of Los Angeles, California as Los Awesome. The idea was to make the art form more celebratory and uplifting rather than just identifying whose turf you were on.

Has been arrested on and off since 2008 for his graffiti.

In this post we see some actual graffiti and an interview with the legend. Very interesting as he talks about the “sport” of graffiti. Its always a battle. You could be running from the police, trying to avoid your work from being painted over, and trying to paint sometimes far off the ground say if you are working close to or on a bridge. I never realized how productive a street artist has to be just in order to get their name out.

Revok was arrested for his failure to compensate victims for the property damage he caused. The artist was arrested at the Los Angeles Airport as he was heading Ireland. He had already been convicted of a felony in 2009 and was on probation.

A link to a great website hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In this show you can see many artists including a documentary on Washington D.C.s Cool Disco Dan:

and here we have a quick visit to the M.O.C.A. show featuring some renown street artisans.

Below is a wonderful print that was produced by street artist Bask, to raise funds to help free Revok.


And in this clip we visit Revok at a party where he tagging shirts live as people wear them. I hope someday to attend a party like this.

Revok is out of jail of course as the incident occurred in 2009 and is now and practicing his art for us to enjoy!


Artist of the moment….Cai Guo- Qiang

Cai Guo Qiang is one of the most famous Chinese artists known for his abstraction and performance art.  Cai Guo- Qiang was born in Quanzhou City, China in 1957. His performance art is what attracts me most of his art, he uses gunpowder to create spectacular explosions in the sky. He sells tickets to the event and people gladly take pictures and cell phone videos to mark the event.

His father was an artist and enjoyed painting and calligraphy. His father worked at a bookstore so the artist was exposed to Western and Eastern ideas of art from an early age.

For his artistic education Cai Guo-Qiang attended the Shanhai Theater Academy where he studied stage design.

The artist has been listening to sounds of gunpowder and gunshots his entire life. He even participated in some cultural uprising and explosions and violence was common. Its great to see the explosions and gunpowder now bringing people together!

Acted in two martial arts movies.

Much of his work involves gunpowder. In the gallery above the 5th picture down from the top, what might look like a trail of a snake or eel is actually what is remaining after Cai laid a trail of gunpowder and lit it off.

Price range information:  The artist has completed works in wood, ink, oils. He is right up there with Ai WeiWei for sought after Chinese artists with works ranging from $25,000 to over one million dollars.

In this clip from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, we visit one of Cai’s spectacular gunpowder shows!

And this great clip is a career retrospective titled I Want to Believe. The show was held at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

In this clip we watch as the artist blows up a 40 foot tall pine tree.

The artist lives and works out of New York City. As you can tell his art is a fixture at many museums featuring contemporary art.

What a fantastic use for gunpowder, ART !