JASON WILLIAMS, 'REVOK'
JASON REVOK, REVOK
APRIL 10-19, 2015 at 1242 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles
Detroit-based contemporary art gallery, Library Street Collective, is pleased to announce the much-anticipated Los Angeles exhibition by Jason REVOK. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, unveiling an entirely new body of work featuring over a dozen hand-painted wood assemblages of enthralling geometric forms in vibrant oil enamel and synthetic polymer. The work is a culmination of REVOK’S new ideas that spawned since moving back to Los Angeles in 2013 after a two-year creative hiatus in Detroit. During his inspiring and productive time in the city, REVOK gained influence from found materials in the physical environment that led to a series of assemblages constructed from artifacts scavenged throughout the city. These works are the focal point of his published book, REVOK: Made in Detroit (Gingko Press, 2014) and led to sold-out exhibitions in Detroit, Hamburg, New York and Dubai.
“I felt I was at a place to try new things," says Jason Williams, when asked how he continues to reinvent himself. “A lot of what I’m going to show in Los Angeles has to do with my new environment.” Williams, better known to many as REVOK, has spent the past twenty-five years not only developing a reputation as a prolific and influential graffiti writer but also as a successful artist that has exhibited internationally in both galleries and museums. “Leaving Detroit and returning to Los Angeles, it didn’t make sense to continue in my previous direction. I felt I had accomplished what I wanted to with my studio practice in Detroit.”
While he adheres to a similar process for creating his most recent body of work, REVOK has developed an intricate and highly complex aesthetic, exclusively using materials he creates in his California studio. REVOK’s new work is centred on the idea of singularity. “We as a civilization and species seem to be on the brink of a new era of evolution. The idea of our technology and biology merging into a new digital consciousness proposes new questions,” says REVOK.
“The work initially feels computer generated and manufactured. However, upon close inspection, the artist’s hand is revealed through flaws and imperfections. It becomes understood that this is the creation from a man’s hands and consciousness and not that of a machine,” says JJ Curis, Partner and Gallery Director at Library Street Collective.
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Entirely self-taught, Jason REVOK is known for pushing creative and legislative boundaries that began in the street. Murals and assemblages of urban decay have evolved as the artist has moved from alley to studio; arguably, he has done more to bring spray paint to minimalist art than any before. He relies on self-made tools for a number of processes that have consumed him like no other: “I’ve never been so committed to an idea,” he says, “and I feel like there are infinite possibilities”. One such invention is an apparatus that holds 8 cans of paint and allows them to spray simultaneously, marking a system of lines that move in synergy for an imperfect pattern that could never be created by hand. The artist introduces gestural glitches in latex and spray that disrupt the type of exacting patterns seen at the height of 60s minimalism, reminding us that there is always a human being behind the work.