Mac and Retna, collaborations in graffiti

Mac and Retna are unlikely partners. Mac is a photorealist, Retna is all brush.” More unlikely still is the fact that their giant murals, usually the stuff of city streets, have been popping up in places like Art Basel, Miami and on September 26th at the Robert Berman Gallery in Los Angeles. While the photorealism portion is certainly the focus of the murals, it’s Retna’s calligraphic contribution I’m more interested in. The background of piece above, which debuted at Art Basel, a kind of deconstructed Old English, could stand on its own as a pattern. 

“Vagos y Reinas” at the Robert Berman Gallery from Sept. 26 – Oct. 7