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Alex Kizu’s (aka Defer) work stems from his culture and connection to graffiti and the urban landscape, representing a profound artistic language which distorts the lines between street art and fine art. Kizu was one of the pioneer members of the first generation of Los Angeles graffiti writers, and he has distilled the hand-style developed since his youth into abstract pieces that incorporate not only typographic motifs but cultural motifs, and complex patterning. Kizu’s paintings are highly detailed examinations of line and color. Frenetic structures that flow organically with multi-layered abstractions that create a borderless visual depth and complexity.
Defer has been an integral part of the Los Angeles street art scene since the mid-1980s. Adept at working in various mediums such as markers, spray paint, acrylic, gouache, etc., Kizu is well known for expertly rendering beautifully complex letter-forms. His interviews and work have been included in a number of esteemed compendiums of graffiti art – a testament to Alex Kizu’s artistic stature in the realm of Los Angeles street art. Whether it’s the LA-centric graffiti book, “Graffiti LA” by Steve Grody, or the national scope covered in “The History of American Graffiti” by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon, Kizu’s influence on the visual language found in the City of Angels cannot be overlooked.
Between the Lines | March 30 – April 28, 2013
Mark Making | September 16 – October 28, 2017