John CRASH Matos
Exhibition from January 31st to March 4th 2009
Opening on Saturday,
January 31st 2009 17:00 - 21:00
Exhibition from January 31st to
March 4th 2009
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 19:00
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ADDICT Galerie gets off to a good start the year by the exhibition of John Matos, aka CRASH.
He is the main protagonist of the “Aerosol (R)evolution”. CRASH is native from the Bronx and when
he was thirteen years old, he began to practice Graffiti on New York subways,
before using canvas.
In 1983, he shows his work at the well known Sidney Janis
Gallery, and shortly afterwards, he gets in the most famous worldwide
collections, from the MoMA of New York to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Regarded as an icon and actor of the
post-graffiti, CRASH shows us
dynamic and authentic works, faithful to this first American wave which flood
into the world.
Indeed, if he is rated as one of the first to develop this
“moving gallery” which symbolizes the subway, he belongs too, to these people
who leave their name in the heart of the city and engrave it in the Art world. CRASH never stops to offer canvas,
persistent testimonies of these moving museums, and by the way he imposes them
to the Art History, even if the art of Graffiti was disown. CRASH canvas are more than ambiguous,
in fact, by using pictures which look like comics and strong colours which
belongs to advertising, his work asserts itself as a pure product of the
contemporary world. Nevertheless, by reminding Wesselman and Lichtenstein, his
canvases are in the tradition of the Pop Art and raise once again this mass
culture as a “work of art”.
1973-82”, the latest exhibition of CRASH
at the ADDICT Galerie will ask, once
again the question of the Graffiti which is on a knife-edge between the art and
the social phenomenon. CRASH
retraces these steps and analyses the human context, which has created the
Graffiti by painting his answers: “medium is the message”.
All the time, he
uses aerosol spray, and he goes over the edges of the canvas to keep the tone
of this subversion, thought as the last artistic movement of the XXth century.