Cope2 : Following My Path


Following My Path

Public Open:
18 Mar - 18 Apr 2021
11:00 - 19:00 Mon - Sat
11:00 - 17:00 Sun & holiday

Venue :
Shops 218-219, 2/F, Landmark Atrium,
15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong


JPS Art Gallery is delighted to present, Following My Path, a solo exhibition of new paintings by celebrated street art legend, Cope2, on view at the gallery’s Hong Kong location in LANDMARK. The show is a series that encapsulates the development of Cope2’s artistic journey – from the streets of the Bronx in New York City to international galleries. A self-taught artist, Cope2 is best known for tagging his name on the New York subway carriages and creating large scale murals on the streets of New York. The presented canvases feature his signature bubble letter and tags, bringing the distinctive sense of rupture and street energy onto his canvases works. The exhibition is a celebration of the artist’s over 35 years of experience in painting graffiti and his contribution to bringing street art into the mainstream art world as well as different culture outlets.

To complete the narrative of the exhibition, the gallery would also transform into the street of New York. By installing a typical street lamp post and a bench of the city, these final touches draw parallel to the public arts of the artists and his galleries canvas works. The artist’s canvas works for galleries are made with the intention to be hung indoors while retaining his unique throwups, signature motifs and most importantly, the rebellious spirit that is found in street art. The installations also enliven discussions in the presentation of street art in institutional settings, creating simulating dialogues between the nature of the art and exhibition methods. Showing in tandem with the exhibition is the Time Travel exhibition on view at BELOWGROUND on the basement floor of LANDMARK ATRIUM. This collaboration project features the works of raising local artists, Afa Annfa, Chino Lam, and Cope2. The exhibition is a salutation to street culture and its legacy. Inspired by the concept of the 1980 cinematic classics Somewhere in Time, the exhibition set the scene for mediation for the audience, allowing them to travel back in time. The modern subway doors act as the portal of time that brings the audience back to the late 1980s, a golden age of graffiti and street art in New York City, a time when Cope2 and his crew were bombing the streets and the subways of the city with their distinctive tags and graffiti. The two exhibitions are showing in tandem to complement the narratives of each show while showcasing the versatility of the artist’s oeuvre.



United States | B. 1968

One of New York City’s most prolific graffiti artists, Cope2 is a self-taught celebrated legend who has been contributing over 35 years to graffiti and street-art culture. 

He began tagging his name in South Bronx since 1978, his distinctive and authentically raw style made him an ambassador of the New York City graffiti productions in the 1980s and 90s. He is best known for his large murals and paintings on the city’s subways lines. From the 2000s, Cope2 has turned his sights to the gallery setting, bringing his raw energy into abstract expressionist style masterpieces, intertwined with his trademark bubble letters and tags on canvases. Today, Cope2 continues to make waves in crossing between the art world, mainstream and street culture.

Born 1968 as Fernando Carlo, Jr. in New York City, Cope2 began his career as a street artist with his cousin's influence. In 1982, he was active in the street scene as the founding member of artist group Kids Destroyer, later known as Kings Destroyer. The work of Cope2 has also been featured in various pop culture outlets, including the formative 1983 graffiti documentary, Style Wars, his tags are also included in the Grand Theft Auto IV videogames and feature films like Shrek the Third. He has also worked with numerous international brands for product design collaborations, including Adidas, Converse, Time Life and Footlocker to name but a few.

Cope2 是現今紐約最多產量的街頭塗鴉藝術家之一,這三十多年來在紐約街頭留下大量他的筆觸。

自一九七八年起,Cope2 在塗鴉文化發源地南布朗士的牆壁和鐵閘等地方簽名(tag)、寫泡泡字體(throw up)和繪畫(piece),他的作品風格率性狂野,使他成為八十、九十年代紐約街頭塗鴉鮮明的代表。他曾在紐約地下鐵路繪畫大型壁畫和塗鴉,成為他最為人熟悉的作品之一。由二零零零年起,Cope2 由街頭轉戰畫廊,把他塗鴉作品中具有標誌性的泡泡字體和簽名由牆壁轉移到畫布上,超越了塗鴉原本以牆壁為載體的語境,為藝術世界、主流文化和街頭文化帶來衝擊。

Cope2 生於一九六八年紐約,原名為 Fernando Carlo, Jr.。他在表親Chris的薰陶下開始創作塗鴉,其後在一九八二年成立畫家組織 Kids Destroyer,亦即後來的Kings Destroyer。Cope2 的作品在潮流文化中占有一席之地,曾被探討美國嘻哈文化的紀錄片《Style Wars 》收錄,亦在電子遊戲《Grand Theft Auto IV 》和電影《Shrek the Third》中出現。不少國際時尚品牌例如 Adidas、Converse、Time Life和Footlocker等也曾與Cope2 聯乘出品設計。

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