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Melrose Graffiti Scene: 1984 – 1998 [VIDEO]

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Pop-Life: Why Melrose Avenue is a Mecca for Graffiti Writers is a great KCET documentary short I came across the other day highlighting the Melrose Graffiti Scene from 1984 – 1998. The video contains interviews with MEAR ONE, AXIS, LYNK, DYTCH, YONADA & KASL, a group of artists that started out beautifying the neighborhood block by block up and down Melrose.

Melrose Street Art Photo by Chie Davis

Photo by Chie Davis

Nearly legitimizing this illegal activity, overtime these artists were embraced and sought after for mural commissions from the local business community.  The energy and vibe they brought made a major impact on the area and burgeoning ‘lowbrow’ art scene in the 1980s & 90s.

Melrose Street Art Photo: Chie Davis.

Photo: Chie Davis.

The scene took off when dealer and curator John Pochna started giving these artists solo shows at 01 Gallery, thus expanding the breadth and reach of the movement into the contemporary art market.

John Pochna, 01 Gallery, Melrose Graffiti

John Pochna

The diverse clientele of 01 Gallery to be thought of as analogous to Andy Warhol’s Factory.   According to Lina Lecarol of the LA Weekly:  “Its eccentric mix of artists and patrons made it [Los Angeles’] answer to the Factory, though the creations were more “lowbrow” than pop.”

Mear One Artwork

Mear One & Artwork

Read More:  Original Article on KCET
Photo Credit : Chie Davis

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