EKG

 

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 Voices of Dissent, 8′ x 6′, 2014

GRAFFITI WRITER MINI-MANIFESTO / ARTIST STATEMENT

“illegal aesthetic manifestations create an anti-status quo connection, communication, collaboration and community as they splice, transmit and mutate through the aetherial circulatory system ad infinitum. go all-city, all-universe, all-time-and-space: bomb the semiotosphere! revel in the power of the tag, the human mark, the identity avatar, the monitored action, the new millennium painterly gesture. we are the heartbeat of the city, the pulse of the populace, the voice of the people. david flinging pebbles at goliath.”

Preface from the essay TESTIMONY: EKG, Writing Degree Oblivion.

Full theoretical treatise here: http://graffuturism.com/2013/07/09/artist-feature-ekg

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Los Angeles, 2012.

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Fool Moon, 8.5″ x 11″ xerox broadside, 2005.

EKG BIOGRAPHY

we moved to new york city when i was ten years old. i grew up obsessed with cartoons, comic books, heavy metal, graffiti, and art. i studied english literature and writing in college, took some time off to work for a while, and then went back to study cartooning and painting. over the years, i worked as a proofreader, pre-press production person, print designer, and finally a corporate identity information designer, until i became bored, felt exploited, and dropped out. as a ten year old, during my first year at camp, the head counselor said, “always leave a camp site better than you found it.” so i did. when i was eighteen years old, everyone in the punk community said, “support the scene!” so i did. now that i am part of the graffiti culture, i hear “know history and respect the Original Writers.” so i do. i value the founders and support graffiti as one of the most powerful alternative forms of anti-establishment communication, connection, collaboration, and community. Consequently, I started a periodical called SIGNAL!, which is a cross between a graffiti zine and an intellectual journal, with the goal of promoting the artists I respect, the history of graffiti, and theoretical discussions around it.

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“LabNotes: Lexigraphic Systemology”, 2013, 15″ x 34″, Pencil on graph paper.

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Concrete to Data Logo Remix #1

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EKG – Installation view for Concrete to Data, 2015. Left three small pieces are by EKG; Right large piece is a collaboration by EKG and Cash4.

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“Signal Babel”, 2013, 13” x 19” Spray paint, acrylics, oil stick, colored pencil, paint markers, white out pen.

INTERVIEWS

http://val-dan.com/a-la-une/artiste/91-ekg

http://blog.vandalog.com/2013/09/questioning-ekg

http://nautil.us/blog/taking-the-pulse-of-the-city-with-graffiti-artist-ekg

http://bomarrblog.com/blog/ekg

EXHIBITION COVERAGE

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2013/09/28/saturday-second-half-dayekg-pandemic-inaugural-show-sneak-peek

http://www.artslant.com/ny/articles/show/35977

http://thestreetspot.com/tag/pandemic-gallery

http://graffuturism.com/2013/07/23/preview-spectrum-ekg-rubin-see-one-hellbent-col-at-gallery-brooklyn

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2013/07/17/gallery-brooklyn-presents-spectrum-a-group-exhibition-brooklyn-ny

MISCELLANEOUS

SIGNAL! A Graffiti, Theory, and Photography Journal, Edited by EKG

http://graffuturism.com/2014/05/21/zine-preview-signal-one

The Street Museum of Art

http://StreetMuseumOfArt.org/ekg

Outdoor Gallery, book by Yoav Litvin

http://gingkopress.com/shop/outdoor-gallery

From Mark-making to Video Art with Adam Void, EKG and Swampy

http://blog.vandalog.com/2013/09/from-mark-making-to-video-art

Complex magazine’s 15 Street Artist’s To Watch in 2014

http://www.complex.com/art-design/2014/01/street-artists-2014/ekg

EKG: A Graffiti Photo Essay, by Gabriel Gornell at LocoDistro

http://locodistro.com/ekg-a-graffiti-photo-essay

Poesia And EKG Talk to BSA About the: A Major Minority Exhibition

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2014/03/13/major-minority-the-great-gathering-of-a-tribe/#.U3watyhgFVp

ESSAYS AND ART JOURNALISM

L’Imagination Prend Le Pouvoir! – A Paris Travelogue, by EKG

http://blog.vandalog.com/2013/08/limagination-prend-le-pouvoir

A Major Minority: An Intercontinental Survey of Othercontemporary Urban Art, by Poesia and EKG

http://graffuturism.com/2014/03/01/previewandfullessayamajorminority

Poesia Transcends The Text: An Exegesis of the L’AVENIR Essay, by EKG

http://www.artslantstreet.com/articles/show/38945

Stikman and Droid: On the Importance of Illegality in Their Work, by EKG

http://blog.vandalog.com/2013/08/parallel-interviews-with-droid-907-and-stikman

Michael Alan: The Energy Reader, by EKG

http://www.artslantstreet.com/articles/show/38161

ONLINE STORES

EKG Labs Online store: http://ekglabs.bigcartel.com

Pandemic Gallery store: http://pandemicgallery.bigcartel.com

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SOCIAL MEDIA
Instagram: @ekglabs
Twitter: @ekglabs

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