Rumble: New works By Pose and KC Ortiz (UPDATE: Event coverage)

Though this show is better known as Rumble, Pose’s new series of works, it actually bears two names, the second of which is Forced Rebellion. The second title refers to a series of new works by photographer KC Ortiz. Through they seem to be advertising them as two separate shows, they have the same opening and running dates. Both artists are also represented by Known Gallery, so I guess they’re just milking every drop they can out of this one.

No matter what the behind-the-scenes madness of this show may or may not entail, I would highly recommend going to this event. If you’re not already familiar with Pose and his amazing works, you can watch him paint here. One better, you can watch him paint and talk about this upcoming show here. I’m not going to get into talking about their works too much, however–we can do that after the show, which I will no doubt be covering.

KC Ortiz is one hell of a photojournalist. Growing up in Chicago, he started documenting the gang/graffiti lifestyle flooding the streets around him. His work has since expanded to showcasing the forgotten people of the world–those fighting decade-long wars in hidden jungles, or people hiding right in front of us. KC Ortiz creates his work through his own experiences, and it shows. More than that, he actually enjoys what he does wholeheartedly. Also worth mentioning is that it was KC who brought to my attention the free drinks that will be offered at the show. You know how I like to point out the freebies. For those of you that are not well-versed in the attendance of galleries, these are events that cost nothing other than you time and gas to get there. So you should really be at all the things I’m telling you about.

On that note, don’t sleep on this show. Be there, be merry, and enjoy the free libations.

RUMBLE!! New works by POSE
Opening May 22nd, 2010
Show runs May 22nd to June 12th

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Hours during shows:
Wednesday thru Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 6pm

For directions, click here.


Last night I took a drive over to Known Gallery to catch the opening night of this show. I had never before been to the still relatively new gallery. It’s pretty much what was expected of the 7th Letter Crew. Located on Fairfax in the heart of the action, it’s a very large professional venue. Lots of people wanting to be seen, maybe a few less to actually see the new works. The work by both artists was absolutely amazing. The large, comic book style from Pose took over the front of the gallery with its bright colors and happy-go-lucky imagery; the rear of the space was for KC Ortiz–a few smaller rooms very fitting for showing photograph, and a much more intimate feeling than the party atmosphere going on in the front.

There was a bright and sparkly kind of vibe spread throughout the venue. These are the new artists stepping into the spotlight. The forefront of a new ‘contemporary art,’ not part of the typical western European standard. The works are new and fresh, the voice of our generation: strong and independent, yet playful and kind at the same time. Strong lines, bold colors, risky compositions. We are a people that do as we please, don’t take no for an answer and will smile and shake your hand when you finally come around. This event is a prime example of these times. This kind of thing is high class, even though you came to see the ‘in studio’ version of graffiti. This is the new fine art; get onboard or get run over. Thanks to all of you who stopped me to say hello, it was great to see that some of you guys made it out. For those of you who still aren’t heeding my word, don’t fear, I’ve captured all the action for you.

View all of the events opening action here.

  1. May 20th, 2010
  2. May 22nd, 2010
  3. May 23rd, 2010
  4. September 15th, 2010

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