"LA ROC: Not Keith Haring"

July 11 - 28, 2013

Opening Reception & Fashion Show - July 20 beginning at 5 p.m.

Lawrence Fine Art at 37 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937

www.lawrence-fine-arts.com

 

"LA ROC: Not Keith Haring" is an exhibition of new work by graffiti artist Angel Ortiz, aka LA ROC or LA II will open at Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton, NY from July 11th to July 28th with a fashion show and reception Saturday, July 20th starting at 5 pm.

One of original graffiti artists of the 1970s and 1980s, LA ROC was sought out by Keith Haring in 1981 because of his distinctively unique “tag.” That initial bond created an artistic partnership that, over the next 5 years, would generate some of the most iconic pop art work of the 1980s.

LA ROC introduced Keith Haring to genuine street art culture and considerably influenced his development as an artist. Even after Haring's death in 1990, LA ROC never stopped creating. True to his street art roots, he turns even the most mundane objects into functional sculpture. Many of these pieces will be showcased in the exhibition, along with some of his finest canvases to date.

"Untitled Cat" by LA Roc. Spray paint and marker on canvas, 36 x 36 inches.

 

Gallery Curator and Director Howard Shapiro notes: "LA ROC's work has evolved considerably since his collaboration with Keith Haring. His latest body of work is resurgent, vibrant and frenetic.”

Adds Shapiro: “Graffitti artists changed how we look at art and, indeed, what we consider art. We look forward to exploring this idea in our show.”

 

"Flower" by LA Roc.

LA ROC himself will be tagging and working in East Hampton throughout the exhibition and not just on buildings. The artist will be working full force on Saturday, July 20th, at a reception and fashion show at Lawrence Fine Art. LA ROC said he looks forward to creating a collaborative work with the East Hampton public, since, in true street art fashion, everyone can create art.

 

LA ROC at the Opening Reception of his solo show at Lawrence Fine Art on July 20, 2013. Photo by Kathy Zeiger.

 

"No serious art collector can omit street art from his collection. It's a fundamental part of pop culture art, and LA ROC's work is iconic, having inspired our current generation of street artists,” says Shapiro.

 

"LAs Paradise" by LA Roc, 2011. 54 x 50 inches.

 

Lawrence Fine Art specializes in contemporary and historic-modern art.

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BASIC FACTS: "LA Roc: Not Keith Haring" remains on view through July 28. Lawrence Fine Arts is located at 37 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937.  www.lawrence-fine-arts.com.

UPDATED: July 23, 2013.

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