Remi/Rough worked on the highly acclaimed Underbelly Project in New York, recently returned from Primary Flight at Art Basel Miami and was commissioned by Wahaca to paint their new Wardour Street restaurant. His recent work is an evolution of the letterforms and colors known from his early graffiti pieces. Lines, shapes and form are dramatically skewed to create a perspective, suggesting that they occupy a three dimensional environment. The vibrant compositions and textures evoke graffiti from an imagined futuristic society. In a nutshell: Remi/Rough paints at the forefront of Urban Abstractionism.
Beginning of February Remi/Rough, together with Steve More, will exhibit their work at A”; an exhibition celebrating Urban Abstractionism. The title A’ refers to their starting point of reshaping letters of the alphabet and integrating them into an urban context. It also refers to the Avant-garde, Abstraction and Alternative aspects within their work – all of which are central to their approach, reiterating a new interpretation and a new beginning for what was urban art – the urban abstract internet casino movement.
Steve More’s work has a tactile quality that is derived from the surfaces in his environment. Found and discarded materials are assimilated into pixels, questioning how the computer age affects our perceptions of time and place. His work is crafted using the forming and subsequent erosion of materials as an important part of the process. In contrast, Remi’s work is less premeditated and more concerned with immediacy of the moment.
“A is an exhibition at the forefront of an urban abstract movement whose roots come from a time before the hype of street art. Interest in this movement is steadily gaining momentum and Remi/Rough and Steve More are amongst its finest exponents.
“Remi/Rough and Steve More first met in the early 90’s and worked closely over the following ten years, playing a progressive role in the international graffiti art scene. Their focus on self-expression and originality whilst working in the urban vernacular has had a lasting influence on their own works and on the generation that came out of that era.
“Like a handful of other artists of that era their work diverged but similarities remain highly evident. Notable members of this urban abstract movement include Marco Grassi (Milan), Jaybo Monk (Berlin) Retna (LA), Joker (Portland), Augustine Kofie (LA) LX One (Paris), Antistatik (Strasbourg) and Jose Parla (NYC) – all of whom are beginning to reap success with their work.”
Who: Remi/Rough & Steve More
Where: Blackall Studios / Leonard Street EC2A / London
When: February 1- February 6