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I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

RAMMELLZEE: THE EQUATION, The Letter Racers opens this week

The Equation,The Letter Racers exhibition by Rammellzee (credit: Susan Geiss Company)

For six weeks only, Suzanne Geiss, from RAMMELLZEE's estate, with the help of Mrs. Carmela Rammellzee, is presenting a posthumous exhibition of RAMMELLZEE’s artworks and installations.

This unique show includes some of RAMMELLZEE’s work first seen at Los Angeles's MoCA "Art in the Streets." The 52 Letter Racers represent RAMMELLZEE’s philosophies: “Iconoclast Panzerism” and “Gothic Futurism” whose meaning is best explained by Magical Secrets as "the battle between letters and their symbolic warfare against any standardizations enforced by the rules of the alphabet..." 

Letter Racers by Rammellzee (credit: Susan Geiss Company)

Spacetime  These spaceships from another civilization were made 15 years ago from street junk which Susan Geiss describes as, "Canal Street perfume caps, spray can triggers, and king’s crown air fresheners.." With these, RAMMELLZEE unknowingly created the first "green" hip hop art installation!

Opening night: RAMMELLZEE: THE EQUATION, The Letter Racers

Back to basics But before we get lost in the complex Gothic Futurism, let's take a step back to the 80s and remember what put us onto RAMMELLZEE in the first place.  
"Always ahead of his time, New York artist and performer Rammellzee is credited with being one of the inventors of graffiti art as we know it. Through writing, drawing and painting on subway cars in spray paint and felt-tip pen in the late ‘70s, he became interested in the symbolic value of letters, seeing for example the letter “A” as a pyramid or taking “W” to mean “double-you.”
He continued to explore these ideas through a variety of media, from the paintings that in 1988 Gerrit Henry described in Art In America as having “a Star-Wars-via-Jackson-Pollock look” to the legendary hip-hop single “Beat Bop” that was produced by the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and became not just one of the most collectible hip hop releases ever, but a model for generations of witty and experimental musicians after him." Magical Secrets

Letter Racers collages, 1989 (Credit: Susan Geiss/New York Times)

After the Susan Geiss show closes, RAMMELLZEE’s influence will continue uptown at the prestigious The Museum of Modern Art which is will exhibit a third set of RAMMELLZEE’s Letter Racers as part of the Print/Out exhibition on view from February 19th through May 14th, 2012.

Hoi! Here's a dope interview from Dutch TV...This is a real education.

Thanks to Patti Astor for the heads up on this show.

March 8 - April 21, 2012
Susan Geiss Company
76 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

Feb 19 - May 14, 2012
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

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