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
Los Angeles, 2012.
Fool Moon, 8.5″ x 11″ xerox broadside, 2005.
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.
“LabNotes: Lexigraphic Systemology”, 2013, 15″ x 34″, Pencil on graph paper.
Concrete to Data Logo Remix #1
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.
“Signal Babel”, 2013, 13” x 19” Spray paint, acrylics, oil stick, colored pencil, paint markers, white out pen.
SIGNAL! A Graffiti, Theory, and Photography Journal, Edited by EKG
The Street Museum of Art
Outdoor Gallery, book by Yoav Litvin
From Mark-making to Video Art with Adam Void, EKG and Swampy
Complex magazine’s 15 Street Artist’s To Watch in 2014
EKG: A Graffiti Photo Essay, by Gabriel Gornell at LocoDistro
Poesia And EKG Talk to BSA About the: A Major Minority Exhibition
ESSAYS AND ART JOURNALISM
L’Imagination Prend Le Pouvoir! – A Paris Travelogue, by EKG
A Major Minority: An Intercontinental Survey of Othercontemporary Urban Art, by Poesia and EKG
Poesia Transcends The Text: An Exegesis of the L’AVENIR Essay, by EKG
Stikman and Droid: On the Importance of Illegality in Their Work, by EKG
Michael Alan: The Energy Reader, by EKG
EKG Labs Online store: http://ekglabs.bigcartel.com
Pandemic Gallery store: http://pandemicgallery.bigcartel.com