Posts Tagged ‘Dead Eyes’
Blackball Universe presents: “Black to the Future” - Afro-Futurism Defined
Show: August 3-31st Saturdays: 12-5pm
Reception Party: August 16th (Fri) at 7pm
230 Madison Street Oakland, CA 94607
“Black to the Future” premieres on August 3rd at our Blackball Universe Gallery, re-introducing our inaugural artist Norman Maxwell along with Deadeyes and Nelson Enriquez. This collaboration comments on afro-futurism and diverse cultural influences.
Norman Maxwell, our first featured artist, began his career as a graffiti artist in 1979. After an art school education and decades of dedication, Maxwell developed a unique and expressive style that reaches a wide audience of admirers. His hefty resume includes art direction and set design for the music videos of Madonna, Janet Jackson, John Legend, and Iggy Pop to name a few. Blending street art and classical aesthetics in a deep exploration of urban symbolism, Maxwell reaches for a self-declared “visual soul” style that explores themes consistent with Afro-Futurism.
Deadeyes first started as an artist by lifting ideas from his zine writings and incorporating them through street art, murals, and installations. Inspired by the street art characters in the San Francisco mission in the late 90’s, he began creating visuals similar to tribal masks. He developed his characters by exploring the fluidity of his lines. He discovered diverse cultural influences in his works, with symbols from traditional African, Inuit, Polynesian, and Native American art forms. He believes that this new visual language from various styles will enable his viewers to accept the combinations of culture in their daily lives.
Nelson Enriquez is a multidisciplinary artist primarily focused in painting, photography, video, and mixed media. Born in Havana, Cuba, Nelson’s work is both social and sometimes biographical, exploring themes of immigration, travel, frontiers, consumerism, and material scarcity. Nelson has exhibited widely in Cuba, Germany, and the U.S. in both personal and collective exhibitions. E has received international awards from “Europa Abierta” and the Cuban National Festival of Ephemeral Sculpture.
Artist: Dead Eyes
19″x24″ Hand Pulled Serigraph on Archival Bristol Board
- Limited Edition of 50
- Hand Numbered and Signed
- Less Than Eight Available
Dead Eyes is an East Bay Native and has been putting in work for over a decade. His work is heavily influenced by Black Futurism.
Shipped safely in a hard cardboard tube.
Available in our store: EndlessCanvas.bigcartel.com
Release Event for the SPECIAL DELIVERY Portland 2011 Book,
as well as an Art Show Benefiting the artists participating in this year’s SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012 Mural Exhibit (which will open September 8th 2012).
Saturday July 28th, 2012 (Last Saturday) at 7pm
Famous Four Colors Gallery
1525 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612
FREE EVENT! All Ages!
ABOUT THE 2011 BOOK:
Full Color, 64 Pages, $16
Special Delivery 2011 was a mural exhibit that filled a 6,000 square foot warehouse in South East Portland. It showcased over 40 artists who have put in a lot of work on the streets of Oakland, San Francisco and the greater Bay Area of California.
Read more about the book…
ABOUT THE BENEFIT ART SHOW:
Many of the artists whom will be participating in this years Special Delivery Mural Exhibit (Optimist, GATS, Upfuk, Attica, Broke, Nart, Dead Eyes, etc.) will be showcasing prints and works on canvas at F4C Gallery (Famous Four Colors) for ONE NIGHT ONLY to raise funds for paint.
Read more about SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012…
Invite your friends to the Special Delivery Bay Area 2012 facebook event page…
DON’T BLOW UP THE SPOT
Please don’t tag the venue or the immediate surroundings the night of the event.
Thank you to all the writers that always show respect and help us socially enforce this guideline so that we can keep getting invited back to throw awesome events for you guys.
Luckily we caught the very end of the show right before BDS Crew took down the installation on June 18th, 2012.
Donating all artists profits to:
Eastside Arts Alliance / Visual Element
The modern box-style delivery truck lives in the inner cities all across America. For the modern day graffiti writer it is a contemporary relative to the subway cars of the 70’s and 80’s which helped spark the explosion of graffiti. In a state of eminent relocation, they assemble a disjointed gallery of ceaseless unrest, a perfect canvas for any opportunistic writer. Pristine new clean white box trucks not only invite as they call it “the application of a medium” to their surface, but beg for it. In the streets delivery trucks fit best after being worn and weathered as a pair of old shoes with scuff marks and layers of historical remnants. In an attempt to keep their property looking new, many truck owners will opt to give a graffiti writer permission to assume control over these plots of valuable real estate in the urban landscape. The Truck Show SF is an homage to this modern Icon of Graffiti, displaying these moving masterpieces to the public through the filter of 1AM Gallery in San Francisco (opening Saturday, February 10th).
The Truck Show SF is seeking to be a leader in Bay Area street art gallery shows by dedicating all of the profits for the artists to the non-profit organization Visual Element, which is the public arts component of the EastSide Arts Alliance. Visual Element is a visual arts and graffiti mural training program for high school youth. Because it is the only intensive “Urban Graffiti Arts” program in East Oakland serving high school youth, Visual Element attracts young aspiring artists and graffiti writers, usually ages 15-20. The class facilitates the production of walls through their engagement with local property owners and the community. Students are trained as responsible artists and contribute their skills to not only walls but, political banners for a number of social justice causes. The participants of Visual Element learn a variety of visual arts skills including spray can techniques, “graffiti” writing, mural brush painting, computer experience, digital photography and graphic design. They learn these skills through actual project based work, building a portfolio of work as they undergo their training. As they get more and more proficient they then are able to “shop” their skills back to the neighborhood. This sustainable cycle and the public art projects Visual Element creates, sends the message that productive and self-sufficient youth can contribute positive change to their neighborhoods. Murals educate, motivate to action, and inspire more creations of beauty and for that the organizers of The Truck Show SF are excited for their partnership with Visual Element. They look
forward to seeing the passion for graffiti go full circle to help teach and empower as all too often graffiti is deemed to be something that only takes from society. In these times of ultimate corporate greed and complete abandonment of government support for the arts, the organizers of The Truck Show SF hope to show that the graffiti writer does it for the love and that alone is powerful enough to help fuel and positively influence the next generation. With a wide price range of pieces everyone interested will be able to support the cause and take home a piece of graffiti history.
Special Delivery was a massive warehouse take over in Portland that featured prolific Bay Area graffiti artists like Swampy, Feral Child, GATS, Bella Ciao, Just Becauz, Dead Eyes, Attica, Pink Eyes, Political Gridlock, ATWA, Old Crow, Doodles, Coyote, Logo, GoreB, Nart, Cuss, Nina and more.
The show was held at the Railyard in Portland, OR July 2011.