We often think of graffiti artists as shadowy figures who wear hoodies and practice their art on public property like walls, train cars, and traffic signs. It's a culture surrounded by breaking laws for the sake of artistic expression, after all. Whether it's a teenager with a sharpie or an experienced veteran painting a masterpiece on a billboard, graffiti artists' skills are often overlooked or underrated due to their chosen canvases. But tonight a new exhibit, "The Composite Knowledge," aims to capture the evolution of artists from graffiti writers to fine artists. Mixing techniques from both worlds, the exhibit challenges the definitions of "respectable" art. Jaybo Monk, Poesia, and Sam Rodriguez have mastered spray cans and paintbrushes alike to create the pieces hanging (legally) on walls, far away from city streets and freeway overpasses. These three artists playfully push boundaries and prove that the walls between street and fine art are coming down.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 20. Continues through Aug. 17, 2012
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