Known Gallery - Gilgamesh by REVOK

Renowned street artist REVOK is set to return on Saturday (July 28) with a new opening at Los Angeles’ Known Gallery called “Gilgamesh,” his second at the popular L.A. gallery.

With Gilgamesh, the artist has “refines his technique of cutting up and reassembling found objects that once had a life of their own,” said a press release.

His pieces are made from materials scavenged from abandoned homes, churches, businesses and buildings in Detroit, Michigan, the city where REVOK has taken refuge; and extracts the beauty in urban decay.

Part of the story he tells with the new pieces is created through the exploration of the neighborhoods, abandoned buildings, and forgotten places around Motor City. Each is named after the street addresses from which he excavates his materials, leaving the stories embedded in the assemblage.

“I’ve always struggled with permanence,” says REVOK. “Out of twenty-two years as a graffiti writer, from my entire body of work, less than 1% exists, and the permanence of graffiti, particularly in Los Angeles, is more temporary than most places in the world. It has always been one of the main motivations of graffiti writers to create work that’s going to last. We want to create work that’s going to live for a long time.”

While in Detroit, REVOK recently shared his artistic ambitions on a larger scale by creating the Detroit Beautification Project, where he invited 25 artists from around the world to revive the forsaken city and provide encouragement for the community.

Garnering inspiration from the 4,000-year-old poem, the “Epic of Gilgamesh,” which recounts the Sumerian king’s quest for eternal life, REVOK has resurrected a city’s past using its disregarded remains. These remains have now become memorialized artifacts through REVOK’s meticulously crafted handwork, and will be presented at Known Gallery’s Gilgamesh.

The REVOK opening starts Saturday (July 28) and will be on view through August 11. Opening the same evening is fellow L.A. graff legend Saber’s “Beautification” gallery, also on display though August 11.

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