Many think of graffiti as the soul of a city in art. It shows urban ups and downs using cities as a canvas. That art is now making its way into galleries.
One of those galleries is the Library Street Collective, which will host the first solo exhibit of graffiti artist POSE (Jordan Nickel) on Saturday November 15 from 5 – 7 pm. In addition to the gallery show, “Public Matter” also will open and feature POSE on the same evening.
Nickel may hail from the Windy City, but he chose Detroit to premier his newest body of work for a very definite reason. He has been doing graffiti painting for half of his life, which has allowed him to take in the ups and downs of the human condition in areas that have experienced booms and crashes, like the Motor City.
“I drew a lot of inspiration from the booms and crashes of American cities like Detroit,” he said. “Painting graffiti for more than half of my life has left me with a wealth of experiences in the failure and triumphs of human beings in these cities. These failures and triumphs are the foundation for this body of work.”
Library Street Collective partner Matthew Eaton recognizes the connection.
“Jordan paints stories that resonate well beyond the boundaries of his own experiences or the experience of any particular geography, and yet his newest work feels deeply rooted in a narrative with which Detroit is intimately connected: The American Dream,” he said. “Library Street Collective is honored to introduce this work to the public right here in Detroit.”
Nickel began painting graffiti in 1992 and continued through his graduation from Kansas Art Institute. He founded a creative agency focusing on large-scale hand–painted signs and billboard paintings called We Are Supervision in 2005. During all of this, Nickel tried out the gallery world little by little, until finally going full time with it in 2009.
His talent has taken him across the world to create, most recently working with REVOK on the Houston/Bowery wall in New York City. He also exhibited at Art Miami Context, this was after having done a mural right here in Detroit, both of those accomplishments were helped out by the Library Street Collective.
The Library Street Collective is located at 1260 Library Street in Detroit.
For More Info on POSE: http://www.lscgallery.com/artists/pose
Here are some examples of POSE’s work: