Askew returns to Detroit this time for his solo exhibition titled “Entropy‘. The exhibition will take place at newly opened Inner State Gallery and presented by 1xrun. Askew has been establishing a evolving body of portraiture for some time, and now he takes this series even further with Entropy. Utilizing figurative portraiture as a his subject, Askew delves deeper than just the image or its surface. Entropy is a dialogue of sorts working through his personal experiences visiting Detroit in 2009. Through building new form Askew is allowed to reflect on the chaotic destruction he has witnessed in Detroit. Yet although it can be seen as disturbing once you come closer you start to see something new and emerging. It is this emergence that moves forward allowing hope in a time of rebirth. Donot miss this opening if you are near Detroit. Preview images courtesy of Olivia Laita.
Askew 1xRUN Presents Entropy at Inner State Gallery Location: Detroit, MI
Artist Reception Aug. 23rd From 7 – 10pm
ASKEW ONE is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art and remains at the forefront of the international art scene through constantly exploring new and exciting styles in a world of imitators. With over 20 years of experience and the need to reach out to the world from his home in remote New Zealand, Askew is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.
Opening on August 23rd at Detroit’s Inner State Gallery, Entropy is ASKEW’s first international solo exhibition. Through this new body of work “Entropy” further refines Askew’s unique method of portraiture where the medium and portrait’s subject become a metaphor for a much bigger conversation.
The portrait is the closed-system device used to represent the formation of immense entities of barely contained energy that have reached an entropic state, only moments from encountering a cataclysmic event. It is a discussion about formation, existence and more specifically the fragility of all things – our incessant quest for balance and harmony in any society, when all things eventually deteriorate or revert to a state of chaos.
“Detroit started this whole train of thought during my first visit in 2009. I think the metaphor of Entropy is throughout the world but extends to Detroit as well. The Entropy in Detroit’s case was human expanse and industry. This work is optimistic though, like Detroit. It’s about new beginnings.” – ASKEW ONE