C.A.V.E. Gallery Presents

FROM 2003 – 2012
Opening reception: Saturday November 9; 6:00 – 9:30pm
on view thru November 23 

C.A.V.E. Gallery • 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice CA 90291


(Venice, CA) C.A.V.E. Gallery proudly presents a special exhibition showcasing a select collection of Live Art pieces created by the legendary MEAR ONE over the last decade.

This unique show is timed after an epic summer mural tour which included the creation of the new mural “The United Snakes of the Imperialist Empire” with Ben Slow in Silverlake – the mural installation of “The Awakening” in Breckenridge-Wynkoop, Colorado – the mural at Museum of Industrial Archaeology in Parque Fundidora in Monterrey Mexico curated by CONARTE – exhibiting in the landmark exhibition “Kustom Kulture II” at the Laguna Art Museum – live painting at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, sharing the stage with Devotchka and the Colorado Symphony – live painting alongside Risk and Dcypher at an event screening honoring the 1983 graffiti and hip-hop documentary, “Style Wars”, organized by KCRW and Oscars Outdoors – and ending off the summer with another memorable European visit, which included new murals in London and participating in the Digard Urban Contemporary Auction, in Paris.

Please join us for the opening reception to celebrate MEAR ONE’s historic influence on Live Art, and an opportunity to meet this prolific and accomplished artist.

PLUS: MEAR ONE’s DVD “Live Art Experience” will be available – get yours personally signed by the artist!   

MEAR ONE (Kalen Ockerman) has been at the forefront of LA’s graffiti and mural culture for nearly three decades. He is famous for having pioneered the Melrose graffiti art movement in the late 80s and is considered by many to be LA’s most prolific public muralist. Early on in his career, MEAR gained his recognition for building the bridge between graffiti art and fine art. He was the first graffiti artist to exhibit at the infamous 01 Gallery on Melrose, as well as at 33 1/3 Gallery in Silverlake, where Banksy would later debut his first North American show. MEAR ONE’s work was part of the landmark Art in the Streets 2011 exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He is perhaps best known for constructing powerful narratives juxtaposing philosophy, ancient mythology and modern politics to inspire an evolved consciousness. This interpretation of reality is achieved through balanced dialogue between realism and the supernatural. MEAR ONE helps us envision the sublime spirit of our time – not by escaping reality, but by confronting it head on.