“I’m writin’ my name, in graffiti on the wall, all graffiti artists hold tight”, sang KRS One in 1995 in his song “Out For Fame”. In 1999, as a tribute to this song, Under Pressure organized an exhibition of a new kind focusing on international graffiti writers. Thirteen years later, Under Pressure is teaming up with the French collective Art By Friends in order to bring OUT FOR FAME back to life. We are changing the form, but keeping the substance. OUT FOR FAME is now a wandering exhibition. OUT FOR FAME wants to promote and federate the international community, by encouraging an inter-generational exchange through its collection of art work from internationally recognised and emerging artists. With this nomad exhibition Under Pressure and Art By Friends are creating a dialogue and offering a perspective about graffiti, which is often misunderstood. After debuting in Annecy, France, and then showing in Montréal, Quebec, OUT FOR FAME will settle down at Goodfellas Gallery in Toronto, for an exclusive night on March 7th. Go check it out, we promise you won’t regret it!
About thirty artists from 5 continents are united with only one common trait: a paper medium of 50 x 70cm, and the obligation of lettering “Out for fame”. Otherwise, the artists were free to compose as they like: landscape or portrait layout, marker, silkscreen print, pen, ink, spray paint…. This OUT FOR FAME exhibition is the incarnation of graffiti diversity. Regardless of where they are from, artists such as Wüna, Yens NFC, Koey, Wozdat, Axe and Immune Collective root themselves in classic graffiti traditions. In contrast, les hommes de lettres from Garbage Beauty flirt with illumination art and draw upon aesthetics from the middle ages. Debza and IMP pay tribute to the tattoo realm and on the other end of the spectrum artists like Beeforeo, Opire, Okies, Grock, Keim, Haks180, VILX, Scribe CSX, and MSHL mix their personal styles with illustration and design to make brightly colored and cartoon-like unique pieces from watercolours, sharpies or pencil crayon. The artists are having fun and are gently provoking the conservative.