Soze Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles came to our attention over a year ago and has been steadily turning out bold shows by established and emerging artists, usually of the street art scene. By bold, we mean artists here sometimes go left field in favor of experimentation and collaboration. Among those who have shown on Soze’s walls, both inside and out, are Miss Van, Ciro, Moneyless, Dave Kinsey, Cyrcle, Retna, Victor Castillo, and Dan Quintana to name a few. The gallery is now moving shop to West Hollywood, starting this Saturday with “Further Adventures in Abstraction” by graffiti artist Remi Rough.
While many street artists are known for signature tags or characters, Italian artist 2501′s work is instantly recognizable for an iconic pattern — an organic, zebra-like evolution of stripes that morph into various geometric forms, whether across massive walls or canvases. The cryptic artist never signs his work and his name implies a desire for a certain level of anonymity (it’s nearly impossible to find anything about him online if searching for the numerical digits alone). After a lengthy mural-painting tour across the world that took him from Australia to Mongolia to Canada, 2501 will touch down in LA for his solo show “Nomadic Experiments: Anatomy of Restlessness,” opening June 27 at Soze Gallery.
Last Friday, Soze Gallery in Los Angeles debuted “Paper Teller”, new works by Italian street artist Moneyless (featured here). Moneyless is an artist who, as he describes it, “speaks through geometry.” His education in mathematics is a clear influence on his new work, but this is a twist on forms he’s been observing for several years. The circle artworks are new, blending concepts of math and science with the colors of 1970s art. Read more after the jump.
Now on view at Soze Gallery is “Steer Ahead”, a unique group exhibition of hand-painted steer skulls benefitting CAMP2E. Proceeds from the artwork go to the charity’s art programs created to empower Los Angeles inner city youths, ages 8-14. Among the artists involved are street artists and pop surrealists Dan Quintana (featured in Hi-Fructose issue 27), Victor Castillo (issue 23), Dave Kinsey (issue 13), Retna, Cyrcle, Gregory Siff, Aaron de la Cruz, Paige Smith, and more. Read more after the jump.