Internationally recognized for his sprawling free-hand murals, 1010 first began creating these spray-painted “portals” in 2009 throughout Germany. Through the use of color theory and perspective, the artist breaks down flat surfaces into other-worldly gateways that seemingly fade into the unknown. 1010 refers to these openings as “holes, abysses, passages or portals… names that leave enough space for interpretation and projection for the viewer.” Saturated layers of color overlap and fall in succession, eventually vanishing into a limitless center. His sprawling murals can be seen across the world, from Paris to Liberia, disrupting the sides of multi-story buildings or expanding across a paved road, transforming every unyielding facade into an abyss one could seemingly fall into.
For his gallery works, 1010 re-examines his murals into movable components that achieve a comparable presence. Rather than applying paint directly to the walls, the artist paints layers of acrylic glass and mounts them to aluminum dibond. Delicately air-brushed shadows activate the geometric apparitions, playing with and challenging the lighting of the room, thus giving each piece a life of its own. This month’s exhibition will consist of more than a dozen portals, each serving as it’s own tear in time and space. While certain works are composed within a more traditional rectangle, other pieces are formed by multiple parts and span across entire walls.
Referencing the act of turning outward or inside out, the term “Eversion” speaks to the developing visual language of 1010’s new work. The artist elaborated in an interview with Hashimoto in 2014 “My work is mostly inspired by language… I like to dig for the roots of a word.” This month’s show expands upon 1010’s on-going study of space and the viewer’s introspective response.
The opening reception for “Eversion” will take place Thursday, November 3 with an evening reception from 6pm-10pm. This exhibition will be on view through Saturday, November 26.