There are 35 paintings and 15 drawings in the show. How does medium shape your process? Is there anything different to consider when working with different tools?
Up until recently, I had kind of separated what was drawn as opposed to what what was painted. But, now as I become more comfortable within both languages, I am able to integrate my working process to clearly reflect the drawings within the paintings.
In some of the more layered pieces, the immediacy of the initial line quality is defined against the cleaner, more labored detail of the paint work.
Some of the paintings have also been left in their outline form only, where I wanted the purity of line quality to be understood on it's own terms. The same is true for the drawings on paper, which serve as blueprints for many of the progressions that later become realized more fully in the paintings.
What's it like showing in LA? Do you see the city's reception to street art as a whole different after the MOCA show?
Y'know, I lived, worked and built my brand from LA for over 10 years before returning home to NY, so I have deep roots there and have always had much love for LA. Obviously, the MoCA show focussed a lot of attention to LA, and it was great to see so many of the true heads there celebrated for the great work they had been putting down for years.
I think the residual effects are definitely still in play there now, especially seeing a lot of leading east coast artists showing here this season too. it's no coincidence that I planned my next major show out here either, knowing that this was becoming one of the important playing fields for artists within our movement.