Bold Notion is a study in transformation.
Conceived as a series, Bold Notion embraces and embodies the dynamic nature of CORE:—our space, our community, and our culture—and the artists who inspire us. Modern, playful, and inventive, Bold Notion redefines the club experience.
Born and bred in New York City, Eric Haze has made his impact in the worlds of graffiti, contemporary art and graphic design for over four decades.
Haze’s formative years were spent as a founding member of the influential New York graffiti collective The Soul Artists, with fellow crewmembers Futura, Lee and Dondi. First exhibiting his work at an early age in 1974 with other members of their collective, Haze went on to exhibit paintings and drawings alongside close friends such as Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat in the early 1980’s.
After making his initial mark as a pioneer of graffiti’s coming of age above ground, Haze has made a career out of continually pushing creative boundaries in a wide variety of mediums. Haze shifted his focus from galleries to the applied arts and graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, quickly emerging as one of the premier graphic designers of the exploding Hip-Hop movement. Throughout the next decade, Haze designed iconic logos for the likes of the Beastie Boys, Tommy Boy, LL Cool J, MTV and many others. In 1991 he founded his eponymous clothing and accessory brand, HAZE, which remains recognized as one of the original pioneers in the global street wear movement.
Along with his continued productivity in the worlds of design and product, the new millennium has also seen Haze make a serious commitment and return to painting and drawing, once again achieving critical success and international exposure for his unique style. Over the last 10 years, Haze has presented solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Paris and Tokyo, including being featured in the 2011’s” Art In The Streets” at MoCA, Los Angeles.
Eric Haze currently lives and works out of Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his wife, actress Rosie Perez and their one-eyed rescue cat, Jack.
ROGER GASTMAN, CURATOR
Roger Gastman is a collector, curator, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist. He started writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland, and later parlayed his love for it into a legitimate career, becoming a trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture. He founded and co-published Swindle magazine as well as many highly sought- after art books. As the founder and creative director of RRE, he has transformed graffiti and street artists into internationally recognized stars.
Gastman has been involved in critically acclaimed documentaries: Infamy, Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary), The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN, and the upcoming WALL WRITERS. He co-authored The History of American Graffiti, co-curated the groundbreaking MoCA Los Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit, and curated PUMP ME UP: D.C. subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Gastman remains a maverick in brand consulting and works tirelessly to cement art and graffiti into the contemporary landscape.