Chris Daze Ellis, Departure, 2013.

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND P.P.O.W.

New York’s P.P.O.W. has added Chris Daze Ellis to its stable of artists, with plans for a solo exhibition in spring 2018. He will join a roster that includes Martha Wilson, Betty Tompkins, and the estates of David Wojnarowicz and Martin Wong.

Daze first emerged in the late 1970s as a graffiti artist, working largely with a community centered around the alternative arts space Fashion Moda. During that period, Daze was included in the seminal “Beyond Words” exhibition at the Mudd Club, which connected graffiti with work more traditionally considered fine art. 

Since then, Daze has developed a studio practice, making works that are inspired by the iconography of New York City and his time as a street artist.