Steve ESPO Powers is a wordsmith of great art. He makes something universal though constantly currently being true to himself, an original with a knack of producing all of us come to feel included. Even however his wit may well surface to be manufactured for the social media age, he is a graffiti artist at heart, and his use of textual content and language is succinct and cerebral, and that he normally takes this language and turns it into a mixture of portray with a signal-painters aesthetic helps make him one particular of the a lot more unique painters we go over (and 3x on the Juxtapoz protect, mind you…).
His most recent solo present at Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan is correctly titled: The Many Moods of Steve ESPO Powers. It feels genuine to the operate and to the man who is ableto area himself in the perform and nonetheless even now have a vast link with an audience. The get the job done is about him and about you. The large enamel on aluminum functions, gouaches on paper, and two website-precise light installations are all entire of sayings and his individual truisms, some from his iconic catalog and other refreshing views from the NYC-based mostly artist.
“Check with me to make paintings in these days of chaos and this is what you get self-portraits due to the fact I am present, words and phrases simply because they are required, and like because it is necessary,” Powers claimed of the present. These may perhaps be his lots of moods, but they are always our collective moods, and it is really why Powers is one of the most enduring artists to emerge from graffiti in the final three a long time. —Evan Pricco