Whitewash is the title of an upcoming exhibition of work by graffiti artist POSE and photojournalist KC Ortiz. For POSE, this is a reference to "society's attempt to eradicate graffiti and stifle human expression." Just after POSE started to use graffiti for self-expression, the sale of spraypaint was banned in Chicago, where the city adopted a hard-line stance towards street art. Whitewash takes the artist back to a time before the buff. "I am digging into my fondest childhood memories of riding the train and seeing all the colors, letters and cartoon characters along the lines. Making these paintings has been an incredibly rich process, and it makes me thankful that no city official can eradicate my memories."
Whitewash, featuring work by POSE and KC Ortiz, opens November 19 at Known Gallery in Los Angeles and runs through December 10, 2011.