We’ve said this before and we will continue to say it: if there was ever a seminal figure who combined graffiti, hip-hop and break-dancing into both his life and work, who was an originator in the earliest scenes in NYC, it is Doze Green. And his paintings not only speak to that fluid movement of scenes and eras, but they are other-worldly in their depictions of sound, energy and reality. As Doze has moved around the world, his work continues to explore the boundaries of space and time. Now living in Brazil, Doze Green built the bulk of his newest solo show, A Volta, now on view at Allouche Gallery in NYC through December 8, 2019.
A Volta features a new series of paintings as well as 60 drawings the artist has created spanning from 2000-2018. “This collection marks the evolution of my 30 plus years of studio work, originating from the explosively creative liminal space I found myself early in my career, both as a writer and breakdancer, heavily influenced by Dondi White, Rammellzee and other mid 70s graffiti luminaries, pulling from this time the essence and energy of New York street art,” Doze says of the show. “A Volta simultaneously deconstructs and interrogates the transition towards the figurative and abstract within my personal oeuvre and contemporary graffiti. Transcendental archetypes and neoclassical themes are reconfigured by my current expressive relationship to the world.
“Moving to Brazil shaped a new, deeper understanding of my visual language, catalyzing a new relationship to color, compositions and figures relating to the mythical, the astrological and the powerful energy of our Afro-Caribbean visual legacy.”