12 SEP — 11 OCT 2013


Under the co-curation of the gallery and graffiti-veteran, RESO


This exhibition serves as a meditation on the value of abstraction in graffiti. This group show features works by an impressive roster of 22 artists from Canada and all over the world. Each artist comes from a background in graffiti but their diverse works reveal the many directions into which these roots can evolve. The artistic networks of Yves Laroche combined with those of RESO (based in Germany, Switzerland, and NYC) guarantee a very unique show. The opening’s music will be curated by the Sommelier Acoustique, a glass of Bulle de Neige in hand. Many of the participating artists will be present on the date of the opening, making the evening an international graffiti convention not to be missed.

“Urban Abstraction

Throughout its development – most notably since the end of the 20th century, graffiti art has changed drastically in terms of the artists’ approach. Its success within the art market unifies it with other art movements that stem from an urban environment. The different approaches to these movements, though, are complex and numerous.

Contrary to certain styles, abstraction requires that the observer engage in a conversation with the work. The transformation of letters into shapes and symbols detaches them from their original, superficial function. This allows for complete independence and liberty within the works of abstract artists.”

– Patrick “RESO” Jungfleisch


123Klan (FR)
Morten Anderson (DA)
Bacon (CA)
Cope2 (USA)
Dems333 (SP)
Augustine Kofie (USA)
Doc Tc5 (USA)
El Mac (USA)
Kwest (CA)
Greg Lamarche (USA) Pose (USA)
Pro (FR)
Remi Rough (UK)
Patrick RESO Jungfleisch (SU)
Victor Reyes (USA)
Alex Scaner (CA)
Stare (CA)
Tchug (CA)
Yes2 (USA
Zek One (CA)
Zoer (FR)


From its origins in the Old Port of Montreal, to its current location at the junction of the Mile End and Little Italy, the gallery’s mission remains the same: to showcase the avant-garde in contemporary art. YL has positioned itself at the forefront of Canadian art and remains committed to promoting artists both internationally-established and emerging. Rooted in the underground worlds of tattooing, graffiti, comics, cartoons, pop art, illustration, and surrealism, the art exhibited at Yves Laroche feeds off of an eclectic blend of cultural influences. Supported by its reputation and its presence at several international art fairs, YL offers an urban gallery fundamentally connected to international contemporary production.

Contact information

6355 Saint Laurent

Montréal, QC H2S 3C3

Phone: (514) 393-1999