New work from: Herakut, Case, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Shark Toof, Hush and Bumblebee
LBP :: Culver City: April, 23rd – May 28th, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, April, 23rd, 7-10PM
Portsmouth Museum of Art: May 11th, – September 11th,2011
Artist reception: Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
Los Angeles, CA – Outside/In opens at LeBasse Projects’ Culver City Gallery and will feature a group of internationally-known contemporary street artists. The exhibition is running in conjunction with the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire. After the LA opening the exhibition will continue to New Hampshire where the artists will showcase a separate series of paintings and will be traveling to paint a selection of walls throughout the city.
Artists were selected as representatives of the next-generation of street art, with a group that can be showcased equally in a museum as on the street. The international group will include Herakut (Germany), Case (Germany), Hush (UK), Alexandros Vasmoulakis (Greece), SharkToof (USA) and Bumblebee (USA).
Work from each of these artists will be shown in the museum – in addition, all will arrive in Portsmouth before the exhibition opens to create a series of outdoor murals that will become part of a permanent downtown walking tour. It is the addition of that special component that opens up the streets of Portsmouth as a living museum and allows the work to be shown in its true context.
With its roots in popular culture and artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean- Michael Basquiat, street art has been with us for more than 30 years. Once considered an underground art form, it is now “mainstream” and is a genre that has gained acceptance and popularity in the art community and by the general public, playing an increasingly prominent role as an art form and cultural influence. Street art now exists in galleries and museums as well as on the streets, actively engaging an international audience. The artists in this exhibition have distinct messages they contribute to the urban environment, creating contemporary art and adding it to the walls of cities around the world.