David Gerena – The Return of KAOS
Friday, September 16
5:30 to 8:30 PM
A New York native, David Gerena learned early on that the way to make change is to progress. His art is an example of this tenant. The ability to blend two distinct and vastly different styles of art has allowed Gerena’s work to stretch far from the subway.
His handball court mural, “Baby Don’t Do It” is published in Henry Chalfant’s Spraycan Art. It is a testament to the beginnings of graffiti as a social movement and showcases that even early on, Gerena was focused on his art having a message. In the book, Who Shot Ya? Three Decades of Hip-Hop Photography, Genera’s portrait further reinforces that his presence as one of the pioneers of the graffiti art movement.
His graffiti murals under his moniker Kaos have appeared on the ways of the ROXY night club in New York, as well as Club Demerara. Additionally, Gerena’s artwork was showcased in Beat Street, the first major motion picture to examine the ways in which graffiti art changed a generation. ThinkTV/PBS Interviewed Gerena on The Art Show. And most currently, his work was showcased in the Cincinnati Art Museum, where he’s managed to blend his graffiti roots with progressive and transitive style into something that is all together new.