New York City Graffiti Legend COPE2 Returns To Detroit For 2nd Solo Exhibition
“JUGGERNAUT” Opens March 10th Alongside Curated NYC Group Show “Action Shotz”
Opening March 10th, graffiti pioneer COPE2 returns to Detroit to unleash a powerful new body of work titled JUGGERNAUT at Inner State Gallery. Once again the New York City-based graffiti legend will showcase his many styles that have grown to epitomize the early 1980’s subway graffiti era and continued to become one of
the most coveted art forms in contemporary art.
“I chose the name Juggernaut for this exhibition because I've been a huge powerful force of nature in my world of graffiti street art since the early 1980's. From the ghetto streets of the Bronx and all throughout New York City, through the five boroughs and into the subway graffiti era and now around the world with paintings in galleries, museums, art auctions and private collections worldwide,” Cope2 said from his New York studio.
This career spanning exhibition will showcase works new and old from Cope2’s nearly 40 year career in the graffiti world. Featuring styles that have
become infamous Cope2 will include wild style letters, graffiti handstyles, fine art mixed media canvases and of course Cope2’s
signature bubble letters which have been imitated the world over.
Joining COPE2 will be fellow New York City graffiti pioneers TAKI 183, T KID, VFRESH, SKUF, OZBE and DEBSO who will be showcasing new works for the curated group exhibition Action Shotz. The exhibition features photography and mixed media works from some of New York City’s most influential underground graffiti writers, Action Shotz invites the world into the creative process with a mix of tattered subway paraphernalia, aerosol cans, markers and tools of the trade that convey the longevity of New York City's counterculture art community.
“The goal of this exhibition is to show that no matter what generation an artist identifies with, the goal is always to be creative, influential and fresh, proving that New York graffiti in its purest form is timeless,” curator JEE of Kingz Destroy Production said from his studio space in New York.
Returning for his second exhibition with Inner State Gallery, Cope2 comes back to Detroit to work with the 1xRUN team after his massively successful sold out exhibition Versatile back in 2014. “We’re excited to welcome Cope2 back to Detroit and work alongside him in our studio to create a series of originals, unique high end prints and multiples that will fill the gallery with the sights and sounds of New York’s underground subway culture.” Inner State Gallery co-founder Dan Armand said from the gallery’s Eastern Market studio space.
With over 40 new mixed media paintings, unique multiples and limited edition prints this is an exhibition that promises to be one for the record books yet again.
To join the advanced collector’s preview, hi resolution images or interview requests email email@example.com or call (313) 744-6505.
Please join us for the opening artist reception Friday, March 10th from 7-10pm as we welcome both artists in attendance.
This event is free and open to the public and will be on view through April 15th 2017.
Born 1968 as Fernando Carlo, Jr. in New York City. Cope2’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally. He is a self taught artist who is a celebrated legend contributing over 30 years to the graffiti street 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, Converse, Adidas among others. 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. Today, you can catch Cope2 in the studio painting, bringing his raw energy into abstract expressionist style masterpieces, intertwined with his trademark bubble letters and tags on canvases. Cope2 crosses between art world, mainstream and street culture alike.
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2017 EXHIBITION LINEUP
JANUARY 27TH - 1xRUN Open House : Three Floors of Fun
FEBRUARY 14TH - POW! WOW! Hawaii featuring: Ouizi and Mr. Jago
MARCH 10TH - Cope2 & Action Shotz
APRIL 6TH - "Detroit Grind" at Rush Arts in Chelsea, New York - curated by Inner State Gallery
APRIL 28TH - Derek Hess & Ron Zakrin
MAY 26TH - Ouizi & 1010 in conjunction with Movement Electronic Music Festival
JUNE 30TH - LAX/DTW
AUGUST 4TH - Hebru Brantley
SEPTEMBER 20TH - Murals In The Market Original Artwork Exhibition
OCTOBER 6TH - Eddie Colla at MITM Head Quarters, 1550 Winder St. Detroit, MI
OCTOBER 20TH - Genn Barr & William Wray
NOVEMBER 17TH - Drew Leshko & Rashaun Rucker
DECEMBER 15TH - 1xRUN Works on Paper Group Exhibition sponsored by Legion Paper Co.
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