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Place(s) of work: New York (us)
Born in Brooklyn, he grew up watching his mother paint portraits in their basement and he hated art. Instead he dove into skateboard culture and Punk Rock music. Eventually he took a page out of the Monty Python pantheon and the alter ego SPAM was born. During the late nineties, while earning a degree in philosophy and art history SPAM discovered the work of the Dadaists and Existential Absurdists. He applied some of their lighter sensibilities to street art in various graffiti mediums, stenciling with garish florescent colors that clashed with the thuggish darker graffiti artist aesthetic of the time in NYC. Along with his partner in crime, a young Greek artist serendipitously named "PORK", they turned downtown Manhattan into a rooftop gallery, with giant roll down pieces, stencils and irreverent wheat paste posters.(read less)
Inspirations & Key Themes: Dadaism, Exisistential Absurdism
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