Sanchez Contemporary presents Los Angeles-based graffiti artist, Man One exploring the question of the show’s title: “Are we American?” The answer is no longer apparent. İSomos Americanos? showcases an entirely new body of work consisting of mixed media pieces on wood and mixed mediums including oil, crayons, pencils, spraypaint, markers, and acrylic.
“I’ve had this concept in my head for a while of wanting to create portraits of different aspects of America using all different mediums which is really pushing my comfort zone and inspiring me to make new work. I’m usually known for more tight paintings, but in this show, I preferred it to be very loose and emotional. It’s abstract. I can’t say there’s any realism in it. These are portraits, but not necessarily in the traditional sense. I’m painting on wood so I can really jab into them with brushes and other painting tools. The work is very textural in a way I haven’t done before. People may be surprised this came from me but that’s kind of the point. Success for me is in the process, stepping up to the canvas with the concept of what I want to do and just expressing it right there in the moment with each piece. Then I’m done. I just walk away from the work and not have any judgement.”
The past year has been foundation-shifting for Man One’s personal life, not dissimilar to the tumultuous and disorienting changes we’ve seen across our nation as result of the presidential election. For over a decade, Man One has been as much of a businessman as he has an artist, co-founding the iconic Crewest Gallery (now turned Crewest Studio) and leading a global creative agency.
İSomos Americanos? is Man One getting back to basics as an artist and taking a break from commercial concerns so he can say what he needs to say. www.ManOne.com