Friday, June 21, 2024

Juxtapoz Journal – 50 Years of the Delusion Conception of PHASE 2


ACA Galleries is happy to current a solo exhibition of the legendary PHASE 2 (1955- 2019) and celebrates his extraordinary contributions to hip-hop and modern city tradition. All through his life he developed and explored his craft via a multiplicity of types from portray, assemblage, collage, sculpture, design, drawing, customized vinyl toys and past.

This five-decade survey chronicles the varied media, types and themes PHASE 2 created and revisited all through his profession. This exhibition traces the event of his distinctive visible language beginning with a “model writing” “aerosolic” portray from 1973 via the Nineteen Eighties along with his “unstated phrase” motif to his later “labyrinth” model artworks. Sculptures from the Nineties and his exploration of three-dimensional assemblage and one in every of a sort vinyl hybrid figures will even be on view alongside works on paper and embossed aluminum plates.

A primary-generation “author” with roots within the NYC subway artwork motion, he was an innovator of what he referred to as “wild lettering.” In 1973 he pioneered the “softie” letter model used within the earliest subway “items” and launched drips, loops, arrows, coronary heart and hump extensions, formatted bars, toes, and fuses, cloud backgrounds and different aesthetic parts which have grow to be a staple within the worldwide artwork type. PHASE 2 was additionally among the many first “aerosol artists” to color on canvas and exhibit in galleries. From the primary exhibition of the artwork type in 1973 – at NYC Soho’s Razor Gallery to numerous world exhibitions from Italy to Japan.

Copy of Phase II Untitled Sketch 17 Phase II

Referred to as a “Hip-Hop” pioneer for his style developments, musical expertise, dance traits and distinctive celebration fliers. From rap’s beginnings, PHASE 2 was there from the park jams to the golf equipment. He rhymed and chanted along with his authentic crooning model rap stream and launched the 1982 document entitled “The Roxy”, produced by Materials with GrandMixer DXT, “D.S.T.”. By way of his dance crew, Electrified Motion, he launched the B-boy world to battle (up) rocking and different types. He assembled one in every of crucial B-boy crews, The New York Metropolis Breakers. In 1982 he additionally participated in THE EUROPE 1 sponsored first Hip Hop Tour, “NYC RAP” the place he contributed as each as an aerosol artist and a DJ / MC. It was PHASE 2 who initiated and set off the “flyer craze” along with his typically imitated “funky nous deco” model which aided in placing “Hip Hop” on the map.

PHASE 2, was the foremost voice for creative integrity and historic fact inside the “writing” and “hip hop” actions. PHASE 2 shaped a decade partnership with IGTimes, the premiere, worldwide avenue artwork publication the place he edited, artwork directed and critiqued the tradition. His ebook, “Type: Writing from the Underground” subtitled “(R)evolution of Aerosol Linguistics” was revealed by IGTimes in 1996.

A grasp of “model writing” whose works first centered on language, the letter, communication, after which developed to his personal hierographic and past to what he referred to as “visible symbolics”.  A grasp draftsman who remodeled the graphic into high quality artwork with themes of Afrocentric, Asiatic and inner-city cultures to self-discovery and internal energy. PHASE 2 strode to be an underground artist, constructing his personal worldwide community to advance his creative narrative. A singular fusion serving our modern tradition as – architect, artist, advocate. This presentation pays homage to this seminal determine whose true influence has but to be absolutely acknowledged.


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