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Preview: “Metallic Tissue” solo show by RISK ~ Opens Nov 2nd

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“Metallic Tissue”, new work by Kelly “RISK” Graval, opens on November 2 and run through December 15. The exhibition will be curated by graffiti historian, Roger Gastman and will take place at Fabien Castanier Gallery, located at 12196 Ventura Blvd in Studio City. The opening reception is on Nov 2 from 7-10p. Please enjoy these preview images of the work and its creation, along with a full press release at the end of the post.

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Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce, “Metallic Tissue,” an exhibition featuring new work by Kelly “RISK” Graval, which will open on November 2 and run through December 15. This exhibition will be curated by graffiti historian, Roger Gastman.
“Metallic Tissue is the DNA of RISK, my thumbprint…”
                                                                                                      – RISK
Graffiti writers have always managed to leave their mark, literally on the urban landscape and perhaps more profoundly on the subsequent generation of artists that follow them. And in Los Angeles, no other artist has had such a major impact on the evolution of graffiti than RISK. This historic exhibition signifies RISK’s imprint on society – tracing his influence on Southern California as well as on the worldwide stage.

With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world renowned graffiti legend. For “Metallic Tissue,” the artist will explore his versatility with various mediums and styles. For the past few years he has been painting large outdoor murals in a series called “Beautifully Destroyed,” with pieces that present color fields rather than lettering or imagery. Working with these aesthetics, he pushes the boundaries of traditional graffiti, deconstructing letters into abstract forms. While the majority of his recent work graces the walls of cities around the world, RISK sees the gallery space as a venue with no limits.

He will take advantage of the gallery setting to create an environment unlike anything else. RISK will meld elements from the natural habitat of his studio into the gallery and break the boundaries of the physical paintings themselves. He has constructed canvases from cans he has collected on his artistic journey. These cans represent his DNA as an artist – the development and functioning of RISK as an artist, his “Metallic Tissue.”

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