For First Thursday, April 2007, FIFTY 24PDX Gallery presented a new exhibit of artwork and installations from Los Angeles-based artist Mear One. "Manifest Energy And Radiate" displayed a series of new paintings based on cultural manifestations of spirituality and the radiant energy of being in the universe. The exhibit also featured site-specific installations drawn from Mear's extensive mural history.
Mear One has achieved legendary status among the urban/graffiti art circle on an international level. Born in a single parent home in 1971, as Kalen Ockerman in Santa Cruz, California, and educated on the streets of Los Angeles, Mear decided at an early age that he would pursue an artistic path.
As Mear began to "tag" his name and place illegal murals around town, the public nature of graffiti immediately captivated him because it created a place where he found acceptance by rebelliously expressing himself. The late graffiti artist, Skate One (SK8), noticed the potential Mear possessed, took him under his wing, allowed him to join the revered graffiti crew, CBS (Can't Be Stopped). Together they got into street fights, traveled the coast of California, and experimented with psychedelic drugs in addition to staying out late to paint the town. All of these extreme experiences allowed him to "open up the depth's of his mind to access multiple realities" which is apparent in his art.
He has been covered in the New York and Los Angeles Times and has been featured with artwork in Juxtapoz, Art & Antiques, URB (33 issues), and Rolling Stones Magazine. He has been invited to present his art to audiences at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Bergamot Station, and The Laguna Museum of Art.
Mear has traveled North America, Europe and Japan to show in galleries and paint murals, and he is currently the art director for a charity group, Reaching to Embrace Arts (RTEA), that provides art tools to the inner-city students of Los Angeles and continues life creating art which informs and inspires our society to incite change. With a self-taught painting career that spans over twenty years, he now experiences a notable standing that few street artists will ever accomplish.
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