While I was in LA for MOCA Haze had mentioned a new wall he had recently painted at the Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Taking the day to flick a bunch of murals around LA, I headed out to see this mural and I was curious to see how the legend would approach the large wall. Haze sums it up nicely with this quote from our recentfeature about his current direction “I have pushed further trying to distill the essence of certain things through simple icons like stars, arrows or crowns, or at times reducing everything to pure geometry and abstraction, where the work becomes as much about the action and quality of line for it’s own sake as anything else.” This is a very important statement when viewing the work of Haze and one that comes from a veteran of many aspects of Design, Art, and Graffiti. The fusion of these influences permeates through and into his work. This is very clear in this new wall installation. Haze’s ability to push into new directions through the subtraction of elements instead of the addition of overt and unneeded forms is his gift. Being able to fully capture the imperfect perfection of a line, yet install the iconography of a culture all in one stroke is the genius of Haze. I am very glad to see him painting more large scale walls to go along with his already legendary group of design work.
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