ahs: asylm


December 20, 2016


By Asylm, Codak, and Likes

In early 2015 Ruben Aguirre, aka Likes, got to escape another February blizzard in Chicago to paint with friends Codak, and Asylm on Santa Fe Avenue in the Los Angeles Arts District. Likes works at the intersection of abstract graffiti, design, and Latino muralism, pushing beyond letter based graffiti and using paint to re-imagine the patterns, texture. and colors of public space. From a family background in architecture and interior design, Adam Smith, aka Codak, developed an early fascination with the quality, ambiguity, and emotion of the “line.” He says his work is defined by “an acute sense of how to utilize space and composition in an organic fashion” and while he is best known for his street art he is comfortable working across many fields. Asylm began his artistic journey in graffiti in the late 80s, developing new and distinctive ways to contribute to the scene. Today Second Street Gallery in Virginia describes Asylm’s figures and characters as at the “intersections of nature, beauty, spirituality, and the urban environment.” @asylm @codak_smith @likes_1