A post-graffiti art exhibition
Gary Silipa & Brendan Kitto
Life After Death showcases a mixture of new visual artworks that represent ‘life’ after transitioning from painting graffiti, where the gallery was in the streets and the art was just letterforms. This dramatic change has led both artists to explore and perfect other areas of visual arts such as photography, prints, video and painting, which they have come to love and pursue with the same energy previously focused on their graffiti.
Gary Silipa was born and raised in Auckland where he lives and works as an artist. Gary’s main interest in the visual arts is painting and his art is currently defined by the use of bold colours and simple symbols used to often tell complicated stories about life. He is fascinated by the relationship between different colours and using different types of painting mediums to help him tell his stories.
Brendan Kitto grew up in Wellington, moved to Wanganui and then to Auckland at the age of 12. Moving to Auckland introduced Brendan to various sub-cultures, which he has been photographing since the mid-nineties. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s after seeing the cult graffiti documentary ‘Style Wars’ and book ‘Subway Art’ that he realized the significance of capturing the details of a movement. Participation in the graffiti/skate culture of the 90’s and 2000’s informed this developing interest in image capture and his photographic style. Brendan’s photography has allowed him to travel the world from Pakuranga to Miami and Detroit.
Opening: Wednesday 22 May, 6pm
Dates: 23 - 29 May 2013
Times: Weekdays 12pm – 8pm, Weekends 10am – 6pm
Location: Corban Estate Arts Centre. Barrel store
Address: 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland