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Street-Stencil King Logan Hicks Gets a Pop-Up Show in L.A.

It's only for three days, so catch it if you can.

Banksy may have the cleverness quotient nailed down, but when it comes to sheer craftsmanship Logan Hicks is the master of street stenciling.

The former screen printer has spent years composing scenes of lonesome city corridors, impossibly intricate building facades and New York's subway system, using gigantic cardboard stencils that he cuts by hand. Well, used to: After developing carpal-tunnel syndrome, the artist switched to wrist-friendly laser printing (with no discernible loss in quality).

Hicks has exhibited in his native New York, London and Amsterdam; he once dropped a huge mural onto a Miami wall that measured 40 feet across and required 7 stencil layers. His latest enterprise is a bit of an odd duck: It's a pop-up solo show at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions that is only running for three days, from March 8 to 10. If you're in town, drop by "Thin Veils And Heavy Anchors" for a taste of a master street artist in his element. If you're not, Hick's people have helpfully provided a few preview shots from the show which you can see below.

Here's how LACE describes the exhibit, which is quite heavy on the ladies:

Originally a professional screen printer, Hicks’ work has gained considerable global recognition for its exploration of the urban environment and its ability to capture the sometimes-mundane cycle of city life in a haunting, yet highly refined, manner using hand-sprayed stencils. His new body of work has evolved. The paintings have moved inside: from endless streets of colorful building facades up to six feet in scale to more intimate interior settings; from exterior cityscapes to the interiors of various buildings; and from distant lights to the direct gaze of figures who are in the process of walking away or climbing up stairs; shapes and curves of emotionless figures juxtaposed against the rigid linework of architecture bring attention to the contradictions of the city.

Images provided by LACE and BB Gun Press.

About the Author

  • John Metcalfe
    John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.