Eastern Projects Gallery is pleased to present, Self Control, a collection of seven Los Angeles based artists work that exemplifies life struggles. The group exhibition runs from Saturday, July 1st to Saturday, July 29th, 2017. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 from 5pm-10pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Self Control brings together seven Los Angeles based artists backgrounds in graffiti art, tattooing, and Jiu Jitsu. Each artist has faced their own daily struggle yet through their artist ability and discipline, produce passionate, emotional, and energetic work. Just like in Martial Arts, this exhibition exemplifies the discipline and integrity that needs to be approached when handling life’s uncertainties.
The artists in this exhibition include, AXIS (b. London) is a hyper-stylized, freehand graffiti artist, painter, and illustrator has expanded his talents beyond the streets and has exhibited his work in galleries and museums such as the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Getty Research Institute (GRI). Defer (b. Los Angeles) is a graffiti artist who’s work transcends into the realm of fine art; His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums such as the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Ben Maltz Gallery at OTIS College of Design and is part of the Getty Research Institute’s special collection. Bob Roberts (b. Los Angeles) is an influential tattoo master with an immeasurable impact on the tattoo world. Currently, he is still tattooing at Spotlight Tattoo with his son Charlie Roberts and he has expanded his art form from ink on skin to paintings that reference his unique style of tattooing. Charlie Roberts (b. Los Angeles) infuses classic American and Japanese tattoo styles to create his own flair in his tattoos and his paintings. Chris Haueter (b. Los Angeles) is a martial artist and illustrator whose style is a unique blend of modern comic art and a dark, Caravaggesque naturalism. Through a style reminiscent of Baroque realism and with subtle modern pop art influences, Haueter conveys the depths of the human condition through the lenses of martial arts. Ernesto Vazquez (b. Los Angeles) is a painter and illustrator who uses his unique style and a variety of materials to convey his thoughts on varied subject matters that have been pertinent to his life. These matters include social justice, comic books, graffiti art, religion, and death. And Chali 2na (b. New Jersey) a rapper and hip hop artist who was part of the group Jurassic 5. Always involved in the arts, Chali’s artistic talents go beyond his musical career and he also creates drawings heavily influenced by comic books. His participation in Hip Hop culture has molded him both visually and musically into the artist he is today. All of these artists have many different artistic outlets and have shown their work or performed all over Los Angeles and in different parts across the country.