Motion Forward: Street Style
Haley Gallery, June 23 - November 5, 2016
The concept of beauty and movement has been with us for thousands of years, always associated with the concept of human form, color, design and fashion. In contemporary culture, artists have added to the dialogue of shapes and forms to advance the notion of contemporary style and design in various ways. This exhibition begins the discussion the why - the creative blurring of shapes and space, without the body.
JM Rizzi, or better known as JMR, has adapted a unique mixture of neo-abstract expressionism with hints of contemporary pop to create a style all his own. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, New York, JM Rizzi has grown up with the influences of street art and the established art world constantly around him. Through his own individual, hybrid street style, he has dedicated himself to helping art fit into the outside world. As he looks to demonstrate the scale and motion set forth by early abstract expressionists, he reinterprets the ideas within his own personal adaptation. Having participated in the highly successful 11 Spring St show in 2006 and the Underbelly Project in 2010, he has gone on to create building-sized murals in New York, a solo exhibition in Hong Kong, as well as large scale installations for Nike. JM Rizzi has shown with street art legends such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Lady Aiko, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and he’s been featured in various street art books and editorial publications such as the New York Times, London Times, Wall Street Journal and Elle Japan.
Brooklyn based Tony "Rubin" Sjöman was nine years old when he wrote his first tag. The son of Finnish immigrant workers to Sweden, he was raised in a working class housing project in Gothenburg, Sweden. Surrounded by grey concrete and tram tunnels, the walls whispered his name. He grabbed a spray can and set out on a journey that he’s still on today.
Rubin has become a staple of the New York City street art scene and he has put his trademark on concrete and brick all over the world, from his native Scandinavia to Thailand and Miami’s Art Basel. His abstract and geometrical pieces are rooted in traditional graffiti but break the rules of the craft with its muted color palette and Scandinavianly clean lines. Rubin draws inspiration from his gritty upbringing, the tram tunnels where he first learned the craft and from the contrasts that have formed him into the artist he is today: the skyline of the hectic metropolis versus the serenity of the Nordic nature, all perfectly balanced in his art.
Rubin's work has been featured in VICE magazine, Juxtapoz and several of the world's leading street art media outlets. The first comprehensive art book featuring his murals and studio works "Rubin: New York / Scandinavia" (Dokument) was released this spring. Rubin resides in Brooklyn.