California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is hosting a solo exhibit by Kelly “RISK” Graval through Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
Writing under the pseudonym RISK, Graval rose to prominence as the originator of a bright, colorful, west coast graffiti style. He pioneered “hitting up the heavens” and tagging freight trains to spread his name across the country. By the early 90’s, RISK could be seen all over Los Angeles.
Graval’s mixed-media work follows in the rich tradition of Pop Art. Iconography from Buddhism, rock and roll, advertising, and cartoons figure prominently in his work. Working in neon translates his bright palette into light while painting on metal calls back to the many nights spent in the railyards of Los Angeles County. Graval’s work plays with visual and material juxtapositions to both draw in and push back on the viewer. Metal, lights, paint, grit, and shine are the materials of Graval’s practice and the materials of the city that raised him.
CMATO is located at The Oaks shopping mall 2nd floor, midway between Nordstrom and Macy’s. Hours are Thursdays 3-7PM and Fridays-Sundays noon-7PM. Suggested donation for admission is $6.
Visit cmato.org or call 805.405.5240 for more information.