Location: The Outsiders Newcastle
Dates: Friday 24th of August 2012 to Saturday 29th of September 2012
The most critically lauded young talent in urban art, BORF AKA John Tsombikos returns to The Outsiders Newcastle this Summer.
An exhibition exploring conflict, serenity and contradiction, Walls are Two-Sided features ten large canvases. All feature the artist's charm, sensitivity and humour underlaid with yearning idealism and quiet but passionate anger. Five of the paintings are detailed close-ups of derelict houses in the artist's resident town of Detroit, and a further five feature "old school" graffiti overlaid with colour fields in the style of late abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.
"Rothko talked about wrestling with opposing and competing elements to eventually discover an equilibrium, what he called a pocket of silence" says BORF. "For this show I was fighting through layers of ambivalence and opposites: graffiti as youth expression and Rothko as adult expression; the art market and property rights; education and improvisation, youth and adulthood."