CYRCLE and the upside down vision of power
Los Angeles based collective CYRCLE, now consisting of two members – Davey & Rabi (originally three, with Devin), have been recently turning symbols of power upside down, inspired by and exploring ancient Greek and Roman art. Here is a quick review of their latest work, both outdoor and indoor, as well as of past projects.
All Idols have clay feat!, OVERTHRONE campaign. Shoreditch, London, 2014 | Photos: CYRCLE and Spraying Bricks.
Mural for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014, OVERTHRONE Campaign. Pupukea, Honolulu | Photos: CYRCLE.
“The piece is inspired by the story and concept behind Woodkid’s first album, Golden Age. We took the aesthetic of his videos, and created our version of his world. The Woman, on the left of the mural, represents the Boy’s mother. She is longing for the child she once held in her arms. She is worried about his safety and wellbeing as he ventures out into the world. The Warriors represent monsters and obstacles he faces along his journey. Woodkid’s music has spoken to us since we first heard Iron over a year ago. He’s not just a musician, or a directer, or a designer… He’s an artist all the way – love that shit about him! We connect deeply with the Boy in his story, forging our way as artists, navigating and overcoming the monsters of Los Angeles, and the world! Try, Fail, TryUMPH. Ultimately we strive for happiness and success through our work. Faith, courage, honor, power and growth. Runboy RUN! -CYRCLE.”
Fall of the king, OVERTHRONE Campaign. Los Angeles, 2012 | Photos: theonepointeight.
“In early January 2012 we started an evolving mural for the LA Freewalls Project in Downtown Los Angeles on 7th Street & Mateo. Beginning with “Winter” this OVERTHRONE series has taken on a new face on the start of each season. The final chapter “FALL!” illustrates the death of the king, or otherwise the end of an era. Each painting overthrew the last forcing us to destroy to create and thus create to destroy. New life, death, birth… Nothing is permanent, kings, art, happiness, pain, even the crown. Time conquers all!”.
Beautiful Disaster, CUT IT OUT Campaign. West Hollywood, Los Angeles, 2012 | Photo: theonepointeight.
Overthrone – Pooring Reign, CYRCLE’s first solo show in London, opened in March, 2013 at Stolen Space Gallery on Brick Lane.
“The subtitle of the show was POORING REIGN. The meaning behind the rain drop(s): Reign over the poor. Poor symbolizing the vulnerable. Visually interpreted, pouring rain drops paint the picture of the intense reign of power over the mind, as in oppressive thoughts and emotions like fear, doubt, anger etc. The overarching concept behind OVERTHRONE is that the very idea of the reigning king’s power is nothing more than an illusion… A great myth. To overthrow this power is a result of mythsunderstood, understanding that our past and current perception of self is no more than a false pride, a myth. We are bowing down to powers that aren’t really there, like a dead king on the throne.” (via)
Organized Chaos, Los Angeles, November 2012.
“The “ORGANIZED CHAOS!” theme binds the entirety of the show and defines the creative process that brought us to our philosophy, relying on the metaphor of intertwining relationships between bee and flower to illuminate the symbiosis between art and society”.
We Never Die, CYRCLE’s first solo show, Los Angeles, 2012.
All images via CYRCLE