DARK PROGRESSIVISM

The House Of Artists member, Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez aka Heaven K2S features in this amazing new documentary.

From the blood on the streets to the walls of the galleries, Los Angeles artists share their experiences with inner city violence and their use of creativity as a form of redemption. Out of the explosion of the crack epidemic, gangs, vandalism, and stepped up police response during the 1980’s, a new urban mentality developed. The community’s reaction to police suppression resulted in criminal artistic expression as a form of rebellion against the social ramifications suffered on the streets and a rupture of previous art styles.

Narrated through first-hand accounts by artists such as: Defer, Prime, Big Sleeps, Gajin Fujita, Germs, Saber, Daniel Gonzalez, UGLAR Works, Patrick Martinez, and others, this eye-opening documentary tells the story of a local nativist tradition in artwork through interviews with muralists, tattoo artists, graffiti writers, musicians, taggers, gang members, art historians, documentarians, and political figures, who help explain how the dark aspects of the environment combined with forward-thinking principles have influenced a local tradition, which has now gained many artists international recognition.
As tattoos, murals, graffiti, and cholo lettering/culture become more mainstream and acceptable to modern society, so does the importance to understand the rich tradition, training, craftsmanship, discipline, scholarship, and trajectory of the dark progressivist art form. Internationally, Los Angeles art and culture is championed for its forward-thinking principles and style, thus, as it continues to gain momentum and artists around the world begin to imitate our local nativist traditions, it is imperative to demonstrate how it developed.