Endless Canvas and The Carbon Warehouse Present:
SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012 – Large Scale Graffiti / Mural Exhibit
Opens September 8th
Over 100 local Graffiti / Street Artists including names like Swampy, Jurne, Gats, Pemex, Optimist, Quake, Broke, Nesta, Roar, Ras Terms, Anemal and many more paint the interior of a 36,000 square foot, three story factory from the 1920’s. Even the open floor space will be filled with sculptures by the likes of Dead Eyes, Monica Canilao, Harrison and Ben Wolf. On September 8th, we will be opening the building for public viewing and celebrating by lighting the building for the first time since it was abandoned over a decade ago.
Opening Celebration – Second Saturday, September 8th, 2012 Free Event – Live HipHop on the 3rd Floor Provided by Ear Peace Records
Exact location to be announced at www.EndlessCanvas.com/specialdelivery2012 the day before the opening to protect the privacy of artists. It’s taking place in the East Bay.
On August 24, BAM will be opening their massive Barry McGee mid-career survey.
WHEN:August 24, 2012 – December 9, 2012
WHERE: Berkeley Art Museum – 2626 Bancroft Way
ABOUT BARRY MCGEE:
“Throughout his career,” writes Alex Baker in the exhibition catalog, “Barry McGee has continued to surprise and contradict expectations.” Including rarely seen early etchings, letterpress printing trays and liquor bottles painted with his trademark cast of down-and-out urban characters, constellations of vibrant op-art painted panels, animatronic taggers, and an elaborate re-creation of a cacophonous street-corner bodega, along with many new projects, this first midcareer survey of the globally influential San Francisco–based artist showcases the astonishing range of McGee’s compassionate and vivacious work.
McGee, who trained professionally in painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, began sharing his work in the 1980s, not in a museum or gallery setting but on the streets of San Francisco, where he developed his skills as a graffiti artist, often using the tag name “Twist.” McGee’s use of this and other monikers—such as Ray and Lydia Fong—as well as his frequent collaborations can make it difficult to precisely situate the artist’s unique authorship. Using a visual vocabulary drawn from graffiti, comics, hobo art, and sign painting, McGee celebrates his Mission District neighborhood while at the same time calling attention to the harmful effects of capitalism, gentrification, and corporate control of public space. His often-humorous paintings, drawings, and prints—all wrought with extraordinary skill—push the boundaries of art: his work can seem refreshingly informal in the gallery but surprisingly elegant on the street.
McGee has long viewed the city itself as a living space for art and activism, but his more recent work has brought the urban condition into the space of the gallery. Increasingly, his installation environments express the anarchic vitality of the inner-city street, incorporating overturned cars and trucks, and often spill beyond the frame of the gallery or museum.
“In Between” an art show rooted in collaboration featuring the artwork and installation’s of Nick Mann, Brett Flanigan, Craig Rodgers and Dan Bortz. The varying styles and perspective’s in each artist’s work will make this a showing not to be missed.
Collectively they have worked together in creating sweeping public murals and have added visual mysticism to residents day to day all over the country. “In Between” will serve as the first time this group of inbetweener’s will work together in a gallery setting. Each artist is a veritable force with strong creative voice and technique. When working together the work speaks of the future, reminding the viewer of our place within worldly folklore. Dream sequences of possibility, driven in self discovery each artist is pushing life forward within mixed media offerings. By employing native and primitive drawing aesthetics’, they create a visual enema is that re investigates mankind, the world’s animal kingdom and universe itself.
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.
Sticker Nerds 2 opened last night in Portland. It was by far the most impressive sticker art show I’ve yet to attend. Artists built an entire living room with furniture, piles of electrical equipment and even a blow up sex doll all completely covered in stickers. The show received over 200 packages from sticker artists internationally. The amount of content in this room was overwhelming but we did our best to take some close up photos of the pieces that caught our attention to put together this short slide show for you.