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23 Questions with RETNA

source: Known Gallery

If you don’t recall the name you’ll definitely know the style. LA writer turned typography wizard RETNA was caught up by Artinfo for a really interesting 23 questions.

Here’s a little snippet:

…What project are you working on now? MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” exhibition

What’s the last show that you saw? Kehinde Wiley at Roberts & Tilton and Judith Supine at New Image Art Gallery

What’s the last show that surprised you? “Art in the Streets”

Why? Because I had the opportunity to work with all the people that inspire me. Also because Jeffrey has the courage, despite all the trials and tribulations, to say this is the movement and it needs to be recognized.

source: Hypebeast

What’s your favorite place to see art? I’m curious to know if they have any shows in the afterlife.

Do you make a living off your art? Some people might think that. What’s a living now and these days?

What’s your favorite letter, in any alphabet? I like them all.

What is the most exciting public place you’ve ever put your art? The Masonic temple on Wilshire Blvd

What has been your most dramatic run-in with the law? I blocked that out of my memory. Now they call me because they want to hang out. I like that relationship a lot better.

What’s the most indispensable item in your studio? My soul

Where are you finding ideas for your work these days? The great people I have around me.

Do you collect anything? People and art…

Yeah, this guy does not mince words it seems. This morning we were reading through Art in America and it’s interesting to see the kind of differences in question style that blogs and publications seem to have. Given that the two settings and receptive models of art are almost completely different, (gallery vs. street) it’s interesting to see the how well that these artists can maintain an identity when the art world begins to absorb street art.

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The Politics of Murals

source: Known Gallery

The ongoing whitewashing of street art adds to the Los Angeles’ growing reputation as an intolerant mural curator, an unfortunate tag for a city once known as the mural capitol of the world…(source: Known Gallery)

Known Gallery posted a really interesting (and lengthy) piece, originally written by KCET, on the gallery’s recent brush with LA’s graffiti removal unit, and also took a deeper look in this constant war and interesting geographic/chronological position that LA inhabits.

source: Known Gallery

About a week before MOCA’s Art in the Streets opened, this epic mural by Rime, Norm, Saber, Retna, Os Gemeos, Revok began to get “cleaned up,” by graffiti removal. In the past days, a chemical agent has been laid down over the paint that will remove it without damaging the mural underneath.

…The mistaken whitewash is a glaring example of the misguiding ordinances and city ‘s chain of command, says Daniel Lahoda of LA Freewalls Project, who recently arranged for the Downtown Arts District to become an outdoor gallery for French wheat paste artist JR. “When it comes to the city and murals, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.” Adds Lahoda.

The city hands know; they just are not very coordinated. Between fighting tagging, pressure from lobbying billboard and sign companies, numerous ordinances with multiple city departments has the city lose its grip with murals, especially with the street form becoming prominent in popular culture…(source:Known Gallery)

Head over to Known for the rest of the piece. The timing of this incident is perhaps the biggest point of the article, in that at the eve of one of the largest retrospectives and show openings on illegally placed art is being pushed forward, there is still the abrasion and friction from citizens, artists and the government, especially in a graff and art hub like LA.