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 Museum to Transform Main Gallery with Site-Specific Installation

  In its first commission to use its space as canvas, the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) will present “RISK: A Retrospective,” the first major museum survey of the influential street artist and fashion entrepreneur, Kelly “RISK” Graval. As part of this landmark exhibition, RISK will create a site-specific installation comprised of a large-scale, immersive mural from his series, “Beautifully Destroyed,” transforming CMATO’s main gallery into a distinct work of art. CMATO’s most ambitious and complex show to date, “RISK: A Retrospective” will cover more than 2,600 feet of gallery space utilizing traditional and non-traditional media.

A convergence of graffiti and mixed media works, the exhibition traces the dimensions of RISK’s multi-faceted career, beginning with his early graffiti practice through his years running an influential street wear brand to his current sculptural practice that turns a critical eye towards an itinerant, urban life. “RISK’s career is defined by pushing the boundaries of his practice, art, and even the law” said curator, Joel Kuennen. “This retrospective will tell the story of an artist driven to be seen. As RISK put it, he wanted to be ‘just like Coca-Cola’.”


Thousand Oaks Local Artist RISK

In addition to site-specific work created especially for CMATO by RISK, the exhibition will give the public a chance to create tags of their owninteract and add to the works on display. Paint makers will be featured in a dedicated area, enabling visitors to understand the place-making and place-holding activity that helped birth the graffiti movement in urban areas.

 “We are thrilled to present RISK’s first major retrospective and to share his visual and cultural legacy with the public,” said Tony Principe, Chairman, CMATO. “An opportunity to present an exhibition such as this does not typically happen in a museum setting. For the first time, CMATO is baring its walls, illuminating the practice of an artist as he reimagines and transforms our physical space. The result is an immediacy that extends well beyond the confines of a picture frame, allowing visitors to experience the diversity, vastness and possibilities of the art form in a completely unique way.”