“Breaking Ground: Redefining the Urban Experience” Featuring John “CRASH” Matos

JoAnne Artman Gallery

Sep. 8, 2016, 06:00 pm

511A W. 22nd Avenue
(949) 510-5481


JoAnne Artman Gallery, Presents:
“Breaking Ground: Redefining the Urban Experience” Featuring John “CRASH” Matos
September 8, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Artist’s Reception: Thursday, September 8th, 2016 from 6pm-8pm
Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by September 4th, 2016

JoAnne Artman Gallery
511A West 22nd St. || New York, NY 10011
Contact: JoAnne Artman
Telephone: 949-510-5481 || E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.joanneartmangallery.com


You know it when you see it, graffiti we mean. It’s edgy. It’s powerful. It speaks to the streets. It speaks to the people of the streets with statements of Revolution and Evolution, where Impermanence becomes Freeing. See its public outrage morph into private solidarity; works that tease with bold abstraction and sophisticated amusement. You’ll be biting to become part of this artistic crew.

CRASH (b. John Matos, 1961, Bronx, New York) took an interest in unconventional artistic expression at an early age. At just 13 years old, he began following the older teens from his neighborhood to the train yards and began bombing. Designated as “CRASH” after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name started appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, the display of his work transitioned from train yard backdrops to canvases on gallery walls. CRASH transformed the graffiti movement by curating the groundbreaking “Graffiti Art Success for America” at Fashion MODA. CRASH’s career took off and he saw instant international popularity. His work has been part of numerous museum and gallery exhibitions around the world, including shows such as “Graffiti” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and “Art in the Streets” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Regarded as a pioneer of graffiti art, CRASH’s work combines elements of both traditional fine art and underground urban art creating a dialogue concerning the very nature of art itself. With apparent Pop-Art influences showcased amongst a subcultural street art foundation, CRASH allows viewers to explore the impartial quality that art has to offer, reminding us that great art can be found everywhere, whether it be on the side of a train, encompassing the surface of a building, or displayed on the walls of an art gallery.

CRASH’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression!

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