Ten years ago renowned graffiti artist and Los Angeles native Man One founded Crewest Gallery in Alhambra, CA, just a few minutes east of Downtown. Crewest was founded with the mission to legitimatize graffiti art by giving talented graffiti artists a professional forum in which to showcase their art while simultaneously educating the broader art community and general public about the richness, complexity and technicality of graffiti art.
Now, in 2012, graffiti art is hot. Graffiti art is showing in museums and on television. Graffiti art is on fashion and architecture. Graffiti artists are having gallery shows and being collected all over the world. In fact, last year, one of the largest and most attended shows in the history of MOCA in Los Angeles was a graffiti art exhibit called ART IN THE STREETS, which ran from April through August in 2011 and made news worldwide. Man One and Crewest Gallery blazed the trails that helped to make things like this possible for graffiti artists and their art form.
In the book Graffiti L.A., street art documentarian Steve Grody listed the opening of Crewest Gallery as a milestone event in the history of graffiti art in Los Angeles.
The evidence is clear. Over the last ten years, Crewest has helped many great artists gain notoriety and a bigger audience. These artists include Patrick Martinez, Marka27, Siner, Victor Sepulveda, Sacred194, Syndrome, Cope2, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Kofie Augustine, WERC, Mear One, Asylm, Vyal One, T-Kid, Ces and on and on.
Established and renowned artists who have exhibited at Crewest over the years include Chaz Bojorquez, George Yepes, Syd Mead, Estevan Oriol, Eriberto Oriol, Gusmano Cesaretti and international artists such as Daim & Seak (Germany), SOT & ICY (Iranian street artists), Dabs & Myla (Australia) had their first U.S. showings at Crewest.
Artists that will show at MISSION ACCOMPLISHED in May include:
AISE, ALEX "DEFER" KIZU, BRANDED, BRON THERON, CAB, CHAZ BOJORQUEZ, DAVE KAWANO, DCYPHER, EDGAR HOILL, ERIBERTO ORIOL, EVAN ESK, EYE ONE, FLYCAT, GEORGE CLINTON, GEORGE YEPES, GONZO247, GREGG STONE, GUSTAVO ALBERTO GARCIA VACA, HASTE, HECTOR “HEX TGO” RIOS, HUIT, JOHN CARR, JUAN CARLOS "HEAVEN" MUNOZ, KOFIE, MARIA KANE, MAX NEUTRA, MEAR ONE, MICHAEL PIZARRO, MR. PUPPET, MR.WANY, OSCAR MAGALLANES, OVERTON LOYD, PABLO CRISTI, RAPTUZ, RITZY PERIWINKLE, ROME, SAHL, SAND ONE, SCOTCH, SHERM, SKET, SLOKE, CRISTIAN “SMEAR” GHEORGHIU, STEVE GRODY, STEVE MARTINEZ, STREET PHANTOM, SYNDROME, VYAL ONE, AND MORE…
In the Front Room Man One “A DECADE OF GRAFFITI SPIRITS”:
As the founder and creative director for Crewest since its inception, Man One has predicted the rise of graffiti art as a viable and collectible art form.
As part of Crewest's 10 Year Anniversary exhibition, Man One will be featuring a mini-solo exhibit in the Front Room of the gallery showing the direction of his newest body of work.
Show runs alongside "Mission Accomplished!" from May 5th - 27th, 2012
Important Date Info:
“Mission Accomplished” and “A Decade of Graffiti Spirits” opens to the public
Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 7-10pm.
Artwalk event takes place Thursday, May 10, 2012. Exhibits close on May 27, 2012
Crewest Gallery, 110 Winston St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-627-8272, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Crewest: Crewest Gallery is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary in May 2012. Crewest Gallery caters to art that speaks to the heart, soul and mind. Its mission is to bring raw and powerful artwork to the people of Los Angeles. The purpose of Crewest is to promote gifted artists whose work may be too edgy and non-conventional for other venues. Crewest Gallery was founded in 2001 by graffiti artist Man One to provide a legitimate venue for the most talented underground artists, known and unknown, from the West Coast and beyond. From graffiti to digital art, paint to sculpture, Crewest showcases artists and exhibits that are most current, relevant and happening now. Crewest comprises 2100 sq. ft. and is located in Gallery Row, downtown Los Angeles. Crewest is available for private events, branded entertainment and production shoots for film or television. Website: www.crewest.com