Artist Reception: August 16, 2014 6:00 – 8:30pm
Aug 16 – Sept 27, 2014
TABLA RASA GALLERY
224 48 Street (bet 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
Hours: 718.833.9100 for summer viewing hours.
Aislap / Cekis / Cern One / GHOST / Jan Kalab / KET / Soa Maldonado / Queen Andrea /
Wane COD / Ezo Wippler
Tabla Rasa is pleased to present Outside, Inside – A detour from grati and street art , an exhibition of
works by contemporary artists that create art both in the studio and in the streets around the world
curated by renown artist and author Alan Ket.
People have always been prone to write in public areas to share information, jokes and more often
than not their disgust for someone else. In the 1970s this changed when kids started to use spray
paint to write their names in a highly stylized manner; the media labeled it grati but regardless of
the mislabeling the kids and many others considered it art. Since then there has been generations
of kids who have grown up and learned from those early street pioneers. Today, those working on
the streets around the world are recognized as artists and many started out painting their names
and their art in the streets illegally. Yet, as in most artists’ career trajectory, many now have studio
practices and work on paper, canvas, lm, etc. all in an eort to see their ideas last beyond the short
lifespan that their street work might have.
OUTSIDE INSIDE is a group exhibition featuring the works of a cross section of artists whose work is
informed by the streets and are actively working in the streets around the world. From the fantasy
and folkloric style of the Chilean duo Aislap, the political messages that are prominent in artist KET’s
paintings, the soft and romantic visions of ora, animals and women by Cern, to the dark side of
humanity in the work of Ezo Wippler, Chilean artist Nelson Rivas presents paintings that grapple
with the issue of immigration and what it means to cross borders, New Yorker Queen Andrea’s
paintings explode with color and vibrancy in both her geometric and type driven paintings,
Soa Maldonado whose abstract paintings intertwine the natural world with urban landscapes,
GHOST’s psychedelic bubble styles reminiscent of old school grati, Wane COD’s abstract
paintings where letter forms are deconstructed and dissolve into colorful clouds and nally Prague
based Jan Kalab presents new paintings created recently during his summer long residency in Brooklyn.
Tabla Rasa Gallery, located at 224 48th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Brooklyn, New York
is free and open to the public. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 6 – 8:30 pm.
Call 718.833.9100 for summer viewing hours.
The exhibition will be on display until Saturday September 27, with a closing celebration from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.
ABOUT Alan Ket
Alan Ket is a New York City hustler who works in many artistic elds. Ket launched Stress, a hip-hop
magazine credited for breaking such artists as Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Eminem, and Raekwon, among
others. He spun Stress o into an internationally published Spanish language version of the magazine
called Hip Hop Nation. In 2001, with Marc Ecko, he created the men’s fashion magazine Complex.
In 2004, Ket re-joined Marc Ecko to develop the controversial video game, Marc Ecko’s Getting Up:
Contents Under Pressure. Ket is active in his community as a grati artist, curator, photographer,
historian and art advocate. His advocacy of grati has landed him in frequent lawsuits with the city of
New York. Most recently he has become a curator for grati and street art related exhibitions at
Fondation Cartier in Paris, PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, 55DSL in New York City, The Hip Hop Theatre
Festival at New York University, MOCA in Los Angeles, the Miami Light Project in Miami and the
WeAreRelated gallery in Copenhagen. Ket has lectured in universities worldwide and is the author of
over a dozen books on grati, street art, and tattoo art.