SURVIVE was an exhibition featuring a conceptually coherent and significant, original body of work by L.A. based emerging artists: ZES, SINER, FISHE, DREYE, ARBE, KYLE THOMAS, and NATHAN SMITH.
The artists worked from the same flat monochromatic palette mixing ink, acrylic, markers, brush, rollers, and spray paint.
Their abstract work on the street translated directly across surfaces, textures, and contexts onto the canvass. The fearless originality and brutal honesty of their works created a dramatic composition that reflects an aggressive obsession with technique and medium. The works’ distinctively raw aesthetic resulted in something chaotic, yet unique and beautiful.
To view the making of and the journey, as well as a series of collaborative murals visit:
SURVIVE chose Miami Art Basel 2013 to culminate their traveling exhibition from New Orleans to Detroit to Oakland to continue the dialogue on the transformative power of art. Inviting street culture purveyors and art audiences to the showcase of emerging artists, SURVIVE joined Miami with a larger series and traveling exhibition spanning New Orleans, Detroit, and Oakland.
Art// ZES. SINER. FISHE. DREYE. ARBE. VERSUS. Kyle Thomas. Nathan Smith.
Curator// James W Riley.
Creative Direction// James W Riley.
Film// Oliver Lukacs
Music// Saul Williams - 'PG'
Music// DIAL81 - 'Sun Hammer Pounding (81.Edition)'
Production// Norman Senn. Damian Esteem. Noe Argueta.
Installation// Ronda Brown.
Special Thanks// Nicole BZ. Skylar Fein. Jesse Cory. REVOK. KONO. GRAMPS. RGIIIConcepts
Gavin Lewis Heslet of The Creative Lives (interview footage).
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James Whitcomb Riley
Curator/ Creative Director