Apr 1st 2023

Join us for an intimate and cozy artist talk with Yams in conjunction with his exhibition, “Ways and Actions”.

Elephant Room Gallery will be hosting an artist talk with Yams in conjunction with his current exhibition, “Ways and Actions”. The gallery will be transformed into a cozy space with elements from Yams’ living room being brought into the gallery. Think plants, cozy chairs, books, etc.

Yams views himself as a practitioner of an ancient form of typography. (Graffiti) Writing is one of the four elements of Hip Hop and all of the elements, including DJing, MCing, Breakdancing, are modern forms of language. The same materials modern writers use, such as paper and ink, have been used since antiquity. “Ways and Actions” celebrates these ancient crafts and traditions with modern day representations and usages of hidden and esoteric symbols. The ways in which these art forms (writing, speaking, music and dance) manifest through the unification of mind and body result in congruent action. Hence the title of the exhibition, “Ways and Actions”.

Yams is a Chicago-Based graffiti writer and abstract painter. Originally from Virginia, where he graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking in 2005, he moved to Chicago in 2006. A graffiti writer for over 30 years, Yams has always had an interest in studying the history of writing and how that has impacted classical and contemporary art, as well as graffiti writing today. He is a community activist, mentor and cosmic mixologist specializing in the alchemy of mixing culinary arts with his visual arts practice.

Please note that the gallery is small so space for this event is limited. RSVP is required.

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