The artist Eine started doing graffiti in the '80s because he couldn’t break dance. He still wanted to be part of the trend, so while his friends were popping and locking, he painted. Even as the dance craze faded, and he donned a suit and tie for Lloyd’s of London’s environmental protection division, he continued painting trains at night. After 12 years of leading a double-life, he left his day job to make a living doing art and hang out with a guy named Banksy. The Carmichael Gallery opens Eine’s first L.A. solo show, “The A-Z of Change,” unveiling new works on canvas of letters that are untraditional, crisp, clean and readable as though he studied typesetting. Eine, who’s tag means “A” in German, has a passion for letter forms and words at a larger-than-life scale. He works in his own font — part freehand, part stencil, and always big and bright. The show also marks Eine’s recent entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for hand-pulling the most colors in a screen print (78). While the beauty of his work is the impromptu discovery of a colorful, audacious 10 ft. letter on a grey English side street, it'll be interesting to see how it translates on this side of the pond. Reception with the artist Thurs., July 9, 7-10 p.m.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 9. Continues through July 30, 2009
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