From the urban wastelands of the Mausolée project to the underground ventilation shafts of the Palais de Tokyo, Lek and Sowat are the first graffiti writers to be welcomed as artists in residence in the villa Medicis, the prestigious Academy of France in Rome. During his 12 months residency, Sowat created a new series of work that will be exhibited for his solo show ‘Tempus Fugit’ at the Galerie Lefeuvre in Paris opening tonight.
Thirty- nine large-sized works, scrupulously composed and staged in the gardens of the Villa explore his research into calligraphy, lines and movement, drawing as much inspiration from the engraved marble slabs of the Roman Codex as from Cholo Writing, the Latino gangs’ art from the Los Angeles of his youth, thus creating a tension between the primitive aspect of his work and the stone and plaster of antique statues.
Sowat thoroughly balances geometry, abstraction and alchemy, playing with the variety of reactions allowed by mixing china ink with chemical substances.
The vibrant colours provide a highly emotional impact to the works. Carefully chosen colour combinations of Blood and Light, Blue and Steel, Purple and Gold, Coal and Fire, evoke a universe, references, an invitation to dream, and seek to revive the ancient alchemical myth of transformation.
Photos courtesy of Butterfly Art News, Yulia Galycheva and Sowat
Sowat – Tempus Fugit
Opening 17 Nov from 6 PM
17 Nov – 17 Dec 2016
Galerie Le Feuvre
164 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré