Although rooted in traditional graffiti in both material and composition,
BLO’s current practice displays an acute sense of awareness in moving from an urban landscape to gallery spaces--not just a shift in medium, but one of context, audience and exposure. What for many is a difficult space to negotiate, it is within this quiet rift that BLO’s paintings breathe.

BLO’s involvement with graffiti stems back to his past in Lyon, France, where initially, his work was driven by not only the raw necessity to paint, but also to vandalize or in a sense, destroy. He uses creativity as a device to question, invert or pervert aspects of daily life. There is a recognizable speed of the hand, looseness of line, as well as composition and materials (the frequent use of spray paint and ink marker) that directly draw from traditional graffiti.
BLO is still actively working in urban settings, but is moving away from letter styles and illustrative characters. His current street work has become more figurative, drawing from religious imagery, sex, death, and classical painting. Within the exploration of this subject matter another parallel to graffiti is conceptualized--the assertion of power by actively defacing or reappropriating common images. This difference in context between the street and in the studio does not divide the work, but creates a visual dependency - a mutual relationship that ultimately strengthens both parts of his practice.

In keeping with this classical context, BLO’s use of recognizable images and themes create a direct basis of familiarity with the audience. The body, specifically the sexualized female form, harks back to aspect of the “male gaze,” where the influence of Egon Schiele is seen in the use of truncated bodies, loose lines and sexual confrontation. It is also within this reconfiguration of the physical body where aspects of the surrealist sculptor/photographer Hans Bellmer can be seen by BLO’s embrace of tension via the use of physical abstraction and negative space. Other iconic references pervade the work such as religious imagery (especially the iconic Virgin Mary and the Christ Child), mememto mori, and occult symbolism.

Although working between the street and the studio can be problematic,
BLO takes advantage of this gap by deftly playing with references and medium.


NOTABLE EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS



2016 LINK, Group Show, Art Thema, Brussels (DE)
2016 AMALGAM,Duo show with Jaws, The Art Union, Berlin (DE)
2016 WHAT THE WEEK END IS GALLERY, Urban Spree, Berlin (DE)
2016 URBAN ART FAIR, 42B Gallery, Paris (FR)
2016 Residency at Villa Alliv, Marseille (FR)


2015 SCOPE ART BASEL, Group exhibition, MYA Gallery, Miami (US)
2015 RideTheWall, group exhibition, Genève, (Switzerland)
2015 Dreams have no titles, Solo exhibition, Swinton Gallery, Madrid (ES)
2015 Analog Y, group exhibition, 886 Geary Gallery, San Francisco (US)
2015 Liquid Art House, group exhibition, Boston (US)


2014 Glasshouse Art Residency, Berlin (DE)
2014 Conturbanaries Art Fair, Berlin (DE)
2014 Positions, Group Exhibtion, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin (DE)
2014 THE WALL ,DMV Group Show, BC Gallery, Berlin (DE)
2014 BC Gallery, group exhibition (DE)
2014 A MAJOR MINORITY, Group Show, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco (DE)


2013 LA PETITE MORT, Solo show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin (DE)


2012 URBAN MASTERS, Opera Gallery, London (UK)
2012 DMV group Show, RTIST Gallery, Melbourne (Aus)


2011 Crimes of Minds, Brest (FR)
2011 Stroke Urban Art Fair, Berlin (DE)
2011 Wedding Wall Projects Berlin (DE)
2011 Teufelsberg mural, Berlin (DE)
2011 Galore Street Art Festival, Copenhagen (DK)
2011 DMV group Show – GHP Galerie, Toulouse (FR)
2011 Dirty play , Blo & Amigo, Xlab, Berlin (DE)


2010 Meeting of Styles , London (UK)
2010 Dans Mes Veines, Galerie l’Art de Rien, Paris (FR)
2010 Galerie AllOver, Solo show, Lyon (FR)


2009 Get Your Shoe Shine Box, Brooklynite Gallery, NY (USA)


2008 Art au Grand Palais, Paris (FR)


2005 Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon (FR)


PARUTIONS


Vanités urbaines, Critères Editions
Graffiti Art Magazine No 23
Crimes of Minds - Critères édition
Land of Sunshine - Sunshine edition
Out of Sight: Urban Art Abandoned Spaces by RomanyWG - Gingko Press
Street Art in Berlin, Kai Jakob - Editions jaron Verlag J
Hors du Temps 2, Edition Pyramid
Mausolée, Edition Alternatives
Out of Sight: Urban Art Abandoned Spaces by RomanyWG - Gingko Press
Graffiti, Edition Fitway