One of the UK’s most acclaimed and groundbreaking Graffiti Art photographers Dark Daze is exhibiting in his highest profile show to date. The ‘Pieces’ show is a celebration of Urban and Graffiti Art from its inception in the late 70’s up to the present day.
Dark Daze, a member of the RareKind family, is the UK’s most notable documenters of Graffiti culture and is exhibiting along side American photographer Martha Cooper, the pioneer of the Graffiti photography genre and collaborator on the most renowned Graffiti art book of all time ‘Subway Art’.
Running from the 20th April to 11th May at the University of Essex Gallery, ‘Pieces’ will encapsulate and showcase the story of graffiti art through the decades.
Dark Daze’s contribution include his large scale portrait shots of some of the most illusive Graffiti artists in the UK alongside his video installation in which he explores the ideas behind his work and interviews the artists he has photographed.
The collaboration of these two masters is set to be an unmissable show.
“Martha Cooper’s work has been an inspiration for me for many years. But the more I became interested in urban life and architecture the more I realised the value of her work not just inside the hip-hop community but in Western society as a whole”, says Dark Daze.
He continues, “Her work with Dondi in particular is, I think incredibly important, and she led the way in exposing the art and culture of Graffiti. I think nowadays because we have grown so used to seeing those iconic images we tend to forget the risks she took involving herself in this culture, and being one of the pioneers that took Hip-Hop culture to the world. To be included in an expo with someone who was one of the founding reasons I became involved in photography is an amazing privilege”.
As well as the artwork on display, the Pieces exhibition will also include memorabilia, cultural and social events through the exhibition including a live graffiti event inside the Gallery, film screening, seminars and workshops.
Live graffiti event 22 April
Private View 22 April.
Gallery opening times: Mon-Fri 11am – 5pm Sat 1 – 4.30pm
University of Essex
Essex, CO4 3SQ
Dark Daze is also exhibiting at Brighton’s North Lane Gallery and also as part of the Brighton Hip Hop Festival 2006.