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Art Wed Jun 03 2015

Maxwell Colette Gallery to Show Work of Dutch Graffiti Artist DOES

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"Rendez-Vous" by DOES.

The work of DOES, a renowned Dutch graffiti artist, will be on exhibit from June 13 through July 31 at the Maxwell-Colette Gallery in Noble Square. The exhibit, titled Transition, will feature recent mixed media paintings on canvas, including large-scale work up to 18 feet in length. This is the artist's first solo show in Chicago.

Letterforms are DOES' passion, according to gallery director Oliver Hild. Transition will show text-based paintings where "words are visually imploded and reconstituted as aggregations of disarticulated, smoldering letterforms," but will also show work where DOES explores new ground visually and conceptually.

DOES had a dual career for a time: publicly as a professional soccer player for one of the Netherlands' top teams, and secretly as an underground graffiti writer. When he was 28, an injury ended his athletic career and he began to devote full-time to his art. Today he's known for his technical mastery and his work is featured in exhibitions and collections across the globe.

'Transition' Documentary from Digitaldoes on Vimeo.

Maxwell Colette will hold an opening reception for DOES Saturday, June 13, from 6 to 9pm. The gallery, founded in 2010, specializes in post-street contemporary art. Hild says he is committed to erasing the distinctions among fine art, street art and graffiti.

Maxwell Colette Gallery, 908 N. Ashland, is open Wednesday through Sunday 12noon to 6pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 312-496-3153

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