RISK & COOZ :: 'That Was Then, This is Now'
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 20th, 2011
LeBasse Projects :: Culver City: August 20th - September 3rd, 2011
'That Was Then, This Is Now' is the first major collaborative exhibition by Kelly Graval and Nathan Ota, aka RISK and COOZ. The traveling exhibition reunites these artists whose friendship began before they would respectfully become graffiti legends in the streets and revered artists in galleries and museums internationally.
Graval and Ota collaborated together over 25 years ago when they were classmates in high school. After high school, they went their separate ways but reconnected once again through their mutual friends in the artist community. Two friends with similar beginnings have taken two very different paths are now back together again with new skill, understanding and maturity as artists.
The artists' collaborations were initially revived when Nathan Ota invited RISK to join him as part of an exhibition with apparel brand Hurley at their corporate offices. The success of that show led to the commitment from both to continue their work together and launched the first stop of this traveling exhibit at San Francisco's 11 Minna - a stalwart of the City's arts scene.