"We stand on the last promontory of the centuries! Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We already live in the absolute, because we have created eternal, omnipresent speed.” – Marinetti, Futurist Manifesto, 1909.
SYMMETRY ACROSS CENTURIES
In 1912, just three years after the manifesto was published, the Futurists exhibited in London for the first time. A hundred years later on September 27th, 2012, just three years after the creation of Graffuturism.com, the Graffuturists will exhibit for the first time in London at Blackall Studios.
THE IDEALS OF DYNAMISM AND PROGRESSION
At the core of both movements are the parallel ideals of “dynamism” and “progression.” Both of these keywords conjure a sense of action, motion and movement, wavering disturbances of change pulsing forward, like an electrocardiogram, along a historical continuum into the future. Marinetti extolled the virtues of a dynamic art form that was alive and motivated; Poesia, the founder of Graffuturism.com, has stated that the word Graffuturism was inspired by the desire to articulate a progressive impetus for graffiti.
URBAN, ONLINE, GLOBAL
Uplifting arms together in spirit, both these movements revel in the urban environment as a petri dish for the advancements and inventions of their age. Just as Futurism embraced the Industrial Age and its recently mechanized urban centers, Graffuturism embraces the Digital Age and its recently wired urban-global community. For the Futurists, the ideals of dynamism were expressed in images of their century’s new inventions, such as the motor car, the steam engine, the airplane, the telephone; whereas for the Graffuturists, the technological icons that are mythologized in their art and culture are the tools of their trade: spray paint, subway car, markers, rollers, freight trains, fire extinguishers, and so on. A different set of symbols for this century, but still imbued with the same semiotic impetus.
GRAFFITI, PAINTING AND ABSTRACTION
Because of the global composition of the group, the loosely-associated members are from disparate backgrounds, professions, and locations. They create in different styles and mediums, but for the majority of the artists involved in the group so far, their unifying influence is graffiti, their medium is painting, and their theme is abstraction. These artists aspire to a master’s level at their craft, which includes not only technical proficiency, but also historical research, theoretical readings, and possibly educational pursuits pertaining to their discipline. This kind of in-depth, well-rounded, self-cultivation has produced a community of artist’s with styles that are a refined visual poetry comprised of depth and complexity in content as well as technique.
The Graffuturists could be classified as a High Style New Millennium movement, consisting of a dialogue and cross-pollination between advanced graffiti and fine art techniques, practices and theory. Wildstyle Graffiti is combined with Abstract Expressionism, Geometric Abstraction, or another high style historical form. Then it is transposed through the artist’s unique vision and medium into a personal vocabulary of hybrid techniques, an experimental mix of the high and low, intellectual and visceral, the visionary and the primitive. Whereas the Street Art movement of the mid-2000s tended to focus on figurative stencils and silkscreens used for wheat-pastes, this group of artists on the whole is more concerned with the act of painting and its history, whether academic or street, oil paint or spray, fat cap or sable brush.
Just as Be-bop developed from jazz, Raw Magazine from Superman comics, and Wildstyle from Original Writing, Graffuturism progresses from graffiti, and then takes up the oily-rag torch to ignite the future.
Daniel Feral (Pantheon Projects / 12oz Prophet)
View The Exhibition Works
We now have a selection of the works from the Futurism 2.0 exhibition online. Click here to view.
Video recap of Gamma Proforma's Futurism 2.0 exhibition in London with complete gallery walk through. Features work by Augustine Kofie, Divine Styler, Phil Ashcroft, Boris 'Delta' Tellegen, SheOne, Matt W. Moore, O.Two, Mark Lyken, Sat One, Christopher Derek Bruno, Moneyless, Mr Jago, Part2ism, Jaybo Monk, Poesia, Derm, Jerry 'Joker' Inscoe, Remi/Rough, Clemens Behr, Carlos Mare 139 and Nawer.
The exhibition was supported by Graffuturism.com, VNA Magazine and Innis & Gunn.
6.30pm Thursday 27th September, a private preview for Sponsors, VIP’s and collectors with artists present. A selection of left-field DJ’s will be providing the soundtrack, including Andrea Parker (Touchin'Bass/MoWax) Part2 (BigDada/Ninja) and Audiosyncracy (Gamma Pro) providing a heady mix of classic and contemporary sounds.
From Friday 28th September, the gallery will be open to the public all day.
Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th September. An ensemble of artists will paint live in London.
The exhibition will run from Thursday 27th September - Tuesday 2nd October.
Friday - Saturday 11am - 8pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Monday - Tuesday 11am - 8pm
￼The Venue - Blackall Studios
Blackall Studios in London’s hip Shoreditch has been designed and created as a versatile and unique event space. It is East London’ s leading gallery for the international urban art community. The three and a half thousand square foot venue, is minutes from both Liverpool Street and Old Street underground stations, split over two floors and is fully fitted with bar and PA.
Blackall Studios, 73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch , London, EC2A 4QS. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7739 9551
There are a limited number of exhibition catalogues available (100).