Zes “Beneath The Surface”

Kaikai Kiki Gallery

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Los Angeles native Zes (also known as Zeser or Zes MSK) began his graffiti career in the 1990s at the age of twelve, continuously challenging himself to leave increasingly complex markings on the most impossible-to-reach ledges and walls. By the age of fifteen, he had become a member of the legendary graffiti crew MSK (Mad Society Kings), where he became well known for creating intensely ambitious works even in the most extreme locations, often scaling tall buildings and billboards to leave his mark.

In the two decades that have passed since then, Zes’s experimental, aggressive approach has had a revolutionary impact on graffiti. Years of creating art in dangerous situations has shaped his creative process, lending his works a striking quality of urgency and raw emotion amplified by his use of the spray cans, rollers, brushes, and tools that have traveled across L.A. with him.

Beneath The Surface showcases a new body of work that represents the artist’s personal journey within the tumultuous, divisive environment of current-day America. Using a color palette limited to red and blue, opposites both in hue and in symbolism, Zes plays with the power of societal context: although each piece is unique, the viewer is forced on first impression to view the works as part of two contrasting sides, a false dichotomy that ZES aims to refute through the uncontained, erratic strokes that strike through each colored canvas. Come witness the unbridled energy of Zes’s first solo exhibition in Japan.

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from January 25, 2019 to February 15, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-01-25 from 18:00 to 20:00

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