NO GUTS, NO GALAXY is a weekly series of artist-curated slideshows that expand upon the diverse subjects addressed in RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, such as, the Downtown scene, early hip-hop and performance, Afrofuturism and cosmology, the mythology of Gothic Futurism, and the coercive power of language.
Event Description: Singular amongst his pioneering contemporaries in the New York Graffiti scene in the late 1970s and early 80s, which included writers like Dondi, Lee, Lady Pink, Futura, Blade, and Zephyr, was the equation known as The RAMM:ELL:ZEE. A practitioner of his own school of Wildstyle, Rammellzee envisaged a complex ideology that sought to destroy the systemic oppression of language.
Take a deep dive into the world of Gothic Futurism with one of Rammellzee’s disciples, Bronx-born and Brussels-based artist Kool Koor (B-1), member of Ramm’s Tag Master Killers crew (TMK), as he examines a selection of artworks in the current exhibition—including The Garbage Gods, Letter Racers, Luxternomeres, Thug Notes, and The Bands of Steel. Join Kool Koor as he shares insight into the formal tactics and technique of Ikonoklast Panzerism, and provides a closer look at the philosophy embedded within Rammellzee’s cosmology.
Beginning his career in 1979, writing Graffiti on the subway trains and throughout the urban landscape of New York City, Kool Koor (American, b.1963) grew up surrounded by such artists as A-One and Toxic (American, b.1965), who lived in the same neighborhood in the South Bronx. He’s known for his space-age-inspired works, which range from surreal scenes to intricate works of abstraction. Attending the Art and Design School in Midtown meant Kool Koor had plenty of access to the subway on his commute to and from school, allowing him to gain notoriety through collaborative and individual works on the trains.
Photo Credit: Rammellzee, Untitled, 1982-1983. Courtesy of Johnny Grizot.