Category Archives: Graffiti

KARLOS MARQUEZ | THE OTHER SIDE OF ME | ABSTRACT ART

What’s Up Los Angeles! Come join us for a Special Opening Reception happening Saturday, April 28, 2018, located at the Fathom Gallery 110 East 9th. Street, #CL002, Los Angeles, California 90079.

It is an honor to see our comrade Karlos “Bumps” Marquez creating the most exquisite masterpieces in both the Los Angeles Graffiti Art Movement and Contemporary Art World. Taking both genres and mixing his unique creative abstract-urban-contemporary styles, you do not want to miss out on this special night as he exhibits the other side of arts, style, technique and influences from the Masters of Abstract Art History Movement

Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon

Please R.S.V.P on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/karlos-marquez-the-other-side-of-me-abstract-art-tickets-44857952343

Press Release

Please join us for the opening night and artist’s reception for Karlos Marquez | The Other Side of Me

Abstract & Nonobjective Art from a Legend in the Graffiti Game.

FATHOM is please to present the first solo exhibition of abstract paintings from Karlos Marquez.

The Art

Working in a limited color palette of mostly blacks, reds, whites and occasional hits of silver and gold, Karlos Marquez has laid down a powerful rhythm for this, a new direction in his artistic output. These are bold masculine paintings that are in fact based on love and acceptance. As he said recently, “…in these new works I’m saying Fear No Love, I’m also showing that I have many sides to my work, that I’m attracted to many styles of expression.”

His inspirations for this new series range from his early teenage influence, the pioneering abstract painter Matsumi Kanemitsu, and later, the black and white work of Franz Kline. Both of those styles have been further informed by Marquez’s deep roots in the Los Angeles graffiti scene. Viewing the paintings you can feel the influence of the mid-century abstract expressionists but there is a sharpness and intensity to the work that is clearly of this time and in some ways unique to this city, Los Angeles.

The Artist:

Karlos “BUMPS” Marquez (American, 1968) born Carlos Ramon Marquez in Honduras and raised in the Pico-Union Central Area of Los Angeles. Writing under the name “Kartoon”, Marquez entered the local graffiti scene in 1983 and in 1985 became one of the founding members of the legendary K2S graffiti crew. Further developing his technique, Karlos studied art at Los Angeles City College in Sherman Oaks where he studied life drawing under Mark Westermoe. In the past 5 years his art has evolved and encompasses a broad range of mixed media pieces including large canvas works and fabric, furniture and metal pieces for CISCO Home. Marquez regularly gives back to the community by contributing to projects with Tempt One ALS foundation, Refoundary Project, the META Foundation and The Ron Finley Project.

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L.A.: LEY LINES~CARTWHEEL ART

Los Angeles Where You At! So excited for this upcoming art show at OG L.A Art Show tonight January 10, 2018. Cartwheel Art is yet to present another exhibit at Booth #7030. Please make sure you come out and support our Los Angeles Based Legendary Artists.

For more Information on these artists and Cartwheel Art, check out the link below:

http://www.cartwheelart.com/2018/01/09/save-the-date-and-preview-la-art-show-starts-this-wednesday-night-january-10th/

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

Rest in Paint SERCH UTI STP RTDK RTH


RIP OG SERCH UTI, STP, RTDK, RTH

On Saturday, November 11, 2017 between 12am-7am. Our brother Eric Serch Ginsburg passed away in his sleep. As many of us knew he was epileptic since childhood; it is probable he had a massive seizure during his sleep.-UTI Crew. I pray his exit was painless and he is resting now for he was taken away too soon, leaving behind his son, brother, mother and the entire Los Angeles Graffiti Movement, his crews and hundreds of friends and fans of Serch All City King! It is difficult to sit here and write about a great friend, a genuine person that always found a way to make you crack up; even in the most unexpected places and moments, you had to have a special kind of humor to be able to hang with Serch. He was blunt, straight to the point, our boy had no filter but yet respectful, always kind to our children and families; he was loved and welcomed everywhere! Never too busy to hit your books, hook you up with his King Slaps; or bust a flow right on sight. It is hard to find OG’s keeping it 100% 24/7. This harsh reality has placed a financial necessity on his family and close friends, with the deepest sincerity I ask of you to please assist monetarily or any other way on this time of need.

Please take the time to click on the link below and support!

https://www.gofundme.com/og-serch-one-memorial-services

The Graff Lab Presents: Athena’s Garden

Mark your calendars for November 11, 2017 @ 12pm-5pm, “Athena’s Garden” representing female writers, artists, empowering all women from different genres. This event is promoting women unity through the arts and music, family oriented and filled with MC’s, live painting and much more. You Do Not Want to Miss Out on this firme Los Angeles Afternoon!

The Legendary Graff Lab located in the heart of Pico Union, located at 1038 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles California.

See You All There!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

 

 

Ancient Civilizations, Art & Music Festival

 What’s Up San Anto, it was great visiting this cultural enriched and heart warming city! Graffiti Heaven, industrial landscapes, train tracks and mobbed carts, just some of the surroundings I explored at the Paint Yard while checking out the Ancient Civilizations; Art & Music Festival. The Paint Yard opened its doors in conjunction with Pop Up Texus; an Art market for all the masses with various taste in art, music and fashion. It was a sunny day and as for us being from California, we are not used to this heat but we still managed to mingle with firme people with the same passion for Art & Community. You all did a great job, looking forward to more events in the near future. Until then, Stay Up from Los Angeles to San Antonio.

Much love & respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Check out some of the fresh pieces San Anto Style:

ENVY OTR SKA

Getting into the mind of a mobber, ENVY, OTR On The Run Crew, SKA Still Kicking Ass. Keeping alive the true essence of Graffiti in Los Angeles, Califas! It is always an honor to be able to bring to light women in this Art Movement, especially the ones that live a low key profile, the Women not caring about the hype, the fame or even asking for attention. “Look at me I’m writing!” Whatever Torta! La EnvyDiosa could care less about any of this, and as the years have gone by; we have become family; carnalas, I respect your Stylo! This is dedicated to my girl La Envy OTR SKA. You are One True Ruca.
So sit back and visualize going back to a time in Graffiti, where you never cared about showing your face to the public and never admitting who you were. A time where you didn’t care about fame and money; just did it for the love of getting up, having good times and bad times with your crew families but most importantly representing them with mad love and loyalty.

 The influence of women in the Graffiti Art Movement since the early 1980’s has had its strong presence here in the West Coast and it has been an honor to have met so many of these women. Such names as we know them, made a name for themselves by earning street credibility of “getting up” and living up to the street code of loyalty and love for the game of Graffiti. It is great to see that younger generations are still living up to those standards and earning their own place in this Graffiti Art Movement that is being reshaped and rewritten by its vast transformation in this decade. And although it is difficult to still live up to those standards of keeping Graffiti genuine to its sole purpose of the Writings on the Walls; at such a young age Envy has proved herself to be just as true to the Graff world as many heavy hitter mobbers. Which shows to everybody that gender roles are meaningless if you got heart for what you do.
Envy has been doing Graffiti since the mid 1990’s. From tags to billboards and anywhere the city tumbles her upon, La EnvyDiosa will not let you down.
Stay tune for complete Sitdown Interview!……to be continued
Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon