Paintings With A Hidden Agenda
John "CRASH" Matos
Exhibition from March 25th to June 18th 2011
Opening on Friday, March 25th 2011 18:00 - 21:00
Born in the Bronx in 1961, the 13 years-old CRASH starts to impose his mark on New York trains. Just like the other street
artists, he wanted to spread his name “CRASH”
the most as possible.
In 1983, this "underground" art acquires its definitive
acceptance when CRASH exhibits with
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in the famous galleries Sidney Janis and Real Art Ways. The
transition of Graffiti from trains to galleries’ cymas brings about the birth
In 1984, the Museum of Modern Art of Paris presents him in the exhibition "5/5: Figuration Libre, France/USA" amongst Robert Combas, François Boisrond, Hervé di Rosa, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. By turning the subway into a moving gallery, CRASH has imposed the originality of his style emerged from Hip-Hop culture, up to the world's greatest collections of the MOMA in New York or the Groningen Museum in the Netherlands.
Both icon and actor of Post-Graffiti cataclysm, CRASH lets dynamic productions explode, loyal to this first American wave, which afterwards overwhelmed the whole world. His style, that has not ceased to influence young sprayers of today, is never equalled. CRASH’s artwork is more than ambiguous: they seem to show the contemporary world's pure essence, revealing a pictorial inventory close to comics, letting explode colours we see in adverts. His very graphical style combines fragments of faces with 3D figures and letters from his name. The eye, everywhere, imposes its striking presence on the paintings like a sign of a secret agreement with Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselman who inspire him.
CRASH marks his return with "Paintings with a Hidden Agenda",
a strange title that lets presume something mysterious in the topic of these
painting flashier, more flaming than his former works. Is CRASH about to share a secret with us? His secret? Perhaps he
reconstitutes the human context that has created graffiti by inscribing
plastically his answer: "medium is
Supporting the emerging scene and street art since its opening, ADDICT Galerie is proud to present the exhibition by John "CRASH" Matos from March 25th to May 6th 2011, a pictorial riddle that reveals a bit more of the artist's inner universe.