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June 25 – September 25, 2016

RETNA_You Stole My Style You Fuckin Punk, 2016 (72"x72")_Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

You Stole My Style You Fuckin Punk, 2016 
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 72 inches

RETNA_Estranged Demeanor, 2016 (60 x 60 inches)_Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpeg

Estranged Demeanor, 2016 
Enamel, acrylic and crystallina on canvas
60 x 60 inches

RETNA_Echale Polbito, 2016_60 x 60 inches_Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpeg

Echale Polbito, 2016
Oil, enamel, acrylic and crystallina on canvas
60 x 60 inches

Retna_Sequenced Marks, 2016 (72" x 72")_Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpeg

Sequenced Marks, 2016 
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 72 inches


Retna_Secret Dance Of Memories, 2015 (64" x 96")_Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

Secret Dance Of Memories, 2015 
Acrylic on canvas
64 x 96 inches


Specializing in post-war and contemporary art, the Casterline|Goodman Gallery in Aspen shows first-tier original artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, including original paintings, sculptures and drawings by established artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol.

For the summer season, the Casterline|Goodman gallery will feature the artist RETNA with his show: S P E A K E A S Y from June 25 to September 25, 2016. The gallery will hold a reception on July 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm.


Los Angeles-based artist RETNA accesses spaces between text-based imagery and abstract emotive states with his mysterious lines of verse. Each block of text is a sophisticated system of hieroglyphs, calligraphy and illuminated script. With influences from Arabic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Anglo-Saxon (or Old English) and Native American typographies, RETNA’s distinctive language communicates a personal form of poetry. RETNA’s messages are masked in ciphers: words and meanings that are never immediately revealed, nor capable of being accurately translated.     

He employs ancient totemic symbologies as a baseline, overlaid with beats from the urban jungle which were sourced from his surroundings in Los Angeles and his El Salvadorian, Cherokee, Spaniard and African American

bloodlines. These diverse subcultures are channeled into his work, often accompanied (either in the studio or on the street) by a stream of ambient or musical sounds. It is this multi-sensory experience that is brushed onto the surface for RETNA: a synthesis of auditory and visual content, spontaneously manifested.


RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis) was born in 1979 in Los Angeles. At the age of fifteen, he began painting on posted fashion advertisements and, from there, led one of the largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives in the city. In addition to exhibiting at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles (including the façade of The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's Grand Avenue location for their 2013 Gala celebrating the blockbuster exhibition Art In The Streets), Miami, London, New York (including the prestigious public exhibition space of the Houston-Bowery Wall), and Hong Kong, RETNA has created exclusive collaborations with brands such as VistaJet, Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. RETNA lives and works in Los Angeles.