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Cope2 “Transition”


Transition – New works by acclaimed artist COPE2
Opening reception Thursday April 7, 2011, 7pm-10pm

TT Underground Gallery
91 Second Avenue Lower Level, New York, NY 10003
Exhibition runs through April 18th, 2011

Transition, a solo exhibition of new works on canvas by Bronx based artist COPE2. As his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Transition, features canvases with various types of mediums reflecting on graffiti aesthetics synthesized with fragments of street art elements. These new chapter of paintings arise from the obstruction of producing graffiti pieces in the streets paradigm to a permanent transfixed surface. COPE2 integrates color and texture to translate his raw energy, intertwined with his trademark bubble letters and tags, into abstract compositions on canvas.

Among the original paintings on exhibition will be 100 limited edition giclée print on archival paper titled Most Wanted, 18” x 24”, 2011.

COPE2’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and auctions throughout the United States and abroad. He is a self-taught artist who is a celebrated figure for over 30 years in the graffiti art culture. One of New York City’s most prolific graffiti artists, he began tagging his name in the South Bronx in 1978. He developed his style in the subways and streets of the Bronx creating graffiti productions throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s achieving international recognition for his distinctive style. In recent years COPE2 has been commissioned by Time Magazine and designed a set of sneakers for Converse and a full clothing collection for Adidas. He has worked with Steiner Sports collaborating with the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter producing graffiti on memorabilia. His work has even crossed into the virtual realm with appearances in video games such as Mark Eckos: Getting up and Rockstar Games: Grand Theft Auto IV. He has also delved into curating successful group art exhibitions. Today, you can catch COPE2 in the studio creating art on a daily basis. COPE2 crosses between art world, mainstream and street culture alike.

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