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No longer able to enter the United States, snipe1 (alias fukitalltokyo) has found a new way to be a present force in the US. Avenue des Arts is proud to present METAZEALOT.

Using only spray paint for all of his pieces, snipe1 combines his style of graffiti, anime, and traditional Japanese painting from the Edo period. Some of his pieces depict Graffiti Yokai, or strange apparitions, lurking about and tagging trains and streets—fusing traditional Japanese folklore with the realities of modern graffiti artists. He also contrasts his grunge spray methods with cute Japanese characters and vibrant colors.

Although graffiti is rebellious in nature, snipe1 has found a loophole to spread his graffiti philosophies. The sheer presence of these 15 paintings are challenging the authorities that barred snipe1 from reentering the United States.

Opening Night: 2/1 6-9pm: (RSVP here)
On Display: 2/1 – 2/29

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

A pioneer among Japanese graffiti writers, snipe1 has been active since the dawn of Japan’s graffiti scene and later threw himself into the graffiti world of early 1990s New York during his teenage years. Since then, he has travelled to various countries establishing connections with graffiti communities all around the world, before finally returning to Japan. Upon moving his base back to his homeland, snipe1 has dedicated himself to being a missionary for Japanese graffiti culture, contributing to the rise of the culture through his various efforts in the underground scene.

snipe1’s graffiti draws upon the sensibility of street culture but incorporates an edge of “dirtiness” that lends to an unmistakable individual style. By pushing the boundaries, he continuously dares to toe the danger of breaking stereotypes. In recent years, the artist has engaged in a variety of projects, including collaborations with famous fashion brands as well as participation and collaborated in the artistic production of works by TAKASHI MURAKAMI and MADSAKI. snipe1 also have exhibited at Murakami’s Hidari Zingaro Gallery and participated in the world’s largest urban art exhibition “Beyond the Street” in both Los Angeles and New York alongside Madsaki, Takeshi Murakami and TengaOne. snipe1 has proved himself to be in the forefront of Asian Urban Contemporary Art.

Details

Date:
February 6
Time:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metazealot-a-solo-exhibition-by-snipe1-registration-88184856279

Venue

Avenue des Arts
807 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014 United States
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Organizer

Avenue des Arts