Graffiti artist POSE and photojournalist KC Ortiz unveiled ‘White Wash’ at Known Gallery‘s opening reception on November 19th. In the show, the two men explore and explain what the term “whitewash” means to them. For POSE,it references society’s attempt to eradicate graffiti and suppress human expression.Using his signature aggressive, hand painted collages of pop culture icons andephemera, he dives deeper into abstractions and new mediums while Ortiz’ takes a global scale and represents United States involvement with thepeople and places he photographs in nations like West Papua and Burma. Much of hissubjects have been “whitewashed” by history and policy and can be seen in his 12 powerfulphotographs of Wes Papua and Burma’s armed struggle. – Keisha Raines
White Wash will remain on view for the public until December 10th.
Opening night photos courtesy of Birdman for Hi-Fructose.
KC Ortiz x RETNA
Ron English and Roger Gastman