ASKEW ONE is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art and remains at the forefront of the international art scene through constantly exploring new and exciting styles in a world of imitators. With over 20 years of experience and the need to reach out to the world from his home in remote New Zealand, Askew is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.
“Detroit started this whole train of thought during my first visit in 2009. I think the metaphor of Entropy is throughout the world but extends to Detroit as well. The Entropy in Detroit’s case was human expanse and industry. This work is optimistic though, like Detroit. It’s about new beginnings.” – ASKEW ONE
Opening this August at Detroit’s Inner State Gallery, Entropy is ASKEW’s first international solo exhibition. Through this new body of work Entropy further refines Askew’s unique method of portraiture where the medium and portrait’s subject become a metaphor for a much bigger conversation.
The portrait is the closed-system device used to represent the formation of immense entities of barely contained energy that have reached an entropic state, only moments from encountering a cataclysmic event. It is a discussion about formation, existence and more specifically the fragility of all things – our incessant quest for balance and harmony in any society, when all things eventually deteriorate or revert to a state of chaos.