FUTURA: Future Shock Opening Reception

Friday, September 7, 2012 by Wendy Lam


Photography by YM

Yesterday was the official start of New York Fashion Week and Fashion’s Night Out, it was a crazy but fun day. Traffic was horrendous but I made it to my last stop (more on the previous events in the next post) to check out the first New York solo exhibition of new paintings by Futura in over a decade. Andy Valmorbida presented FUTURE SHOCK, curated by Nemo Librizzi at 560 Washington Street. The exhibition was pretty amazing and they did an amazing job with lighting which made the paintings come alive. I was quite amazed with everything, congrats Futura! Be sure to check out the exhibition from September 7th – October 1st.

With his new series of work, the evolution of FUTURA’s language is illuminated. Using large scale wooden boards and canvases, he applies layers of both acrylic and spray paint, creating dynamic abstract compositions. Though avoiding the inclusion of literal objects, singular images repeat throughout the work – such as a reappearing long grouping of gridded, perpendicular lines – a subtle nod to architecture. This approach, while referencing traditional abstraction, harkens back inversely to FUTURA’s beginnings using the city as a moving canvas.

More pics after the jump…


Stash and me


Me and Vashtie


FUTURA!

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