Posts Tagged ‘Illegal Trouble’

GATS (Circa 2008) – Seattle, WA

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

GATS Graffiti 2008.

MAKING A NAME – Coming Soon!

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Metric Cosmetics in collaboration with Endless Canvas presents MAKING A NAME,
a new documentary series about artists revealing an insiders perspective into their struggles, triumphs, and experiences.

Full episodes coming soon!

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SWAMPY – Japan

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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GATS PTV – East Bay, CA

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

GATS PTV Graffiti rooftop.

GATS, PEMEX, ELVIS – Jalisco, Mexico

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Gats Pemex Elvis Mexico Graffiti.

CLAMO, RUSLE – New Orleans, LA

Monday, January 4th, 2016

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GATS (PTV) – East Bay, CA

Monday, October 26th, 2015

GATS PTV Graffiti.

GATS (PTV), N.O. BONZO – East Bay, CA

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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GATS – East Bay, CA

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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Photographer: L. Herrada-Rios

GATS “Drifting Forest” – Solo Art Show – Opens Saturday May 9th, 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015

GATS Drifting Forest 2015 Solo Show.

“GATS is known to many as a floating face, with jaded, droopy eyes and a long, dreaded beard. The iconic mask he paints is ubiquitous in the streets of the East Bay, and can be found on walls all over the world as well.

On May 9, the enigmatic graffiti artist’s work will also be on view at Hashimoto Contemporary (804 Sutter St., San Francisco) for his first solo show — Drifting Forest — in the gallery. Partially, the title of the show comes from the fact that GATS did most of the paintings included on found driftwood.

More than an aesthetic choice, the material of GATS’ panels and wooden sculptures are a testament to the deterioration of nature. “These skeletons of the forest are sacred as I mourn in the graveyard that is urban sprawl,” he wrote in an email interview.

Although GATS’ work is mainly found on city walls, this is a rare chance to see the artist’s potential when given more time and material options. In his new works, he abstracts recognizable features of the mask he paints, and rearranges them to form new compositions while staying true to the visual language he has developed.

There will undoubtedly be a line around the block for the opening of the show on May 9 from 6–10 p.m. Look for the full interview with GATS in next week’s Express.”

— Sarah Burke, East Bay Express

GATS Bart Shot.

Opening reception Saturday May 9th, 2015 – 6pm to 10pm

Hashimoto Contemporary
804 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

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GATS (PTV) – Portland, OR

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

GATS PTV Graffiti.

GATS (PTV, Illegal Trouble) – East Bay, CA

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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SWAMPY Scribe – Oakland, CA

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Photographer: Madeleine Tonzi

GATS Truck – South Bay, CA

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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GATS / JESSICA HESS – Two Person Art Show – May 3rd, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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Part of the proceeds from all the GATS work sold in this show will be donated to The Prisoners Literature Project, an all-volunteer grassroots group based in the East Bay that sends free books to prisoners in the United States.
www.PrisonersLiteratureProject.com

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Doors open at 6pm on May 3rd. (No Cover / All Ages)

Limited Edition Prints to be released at the gallery on the third and then a week afterwards online if there are any left through
www.store.hashimotocontemporary.com

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:

Hashimoto Contemporary presents a two person show featuring new works by San Francisco-based painter Jessica Hess and anonymous graffiti/street artist GATS. Expressed through a blend of classical and contemporary methods, this month’s exhibition explores graffiti and street art’s influence on the Bay Area landscape through both a fine art and street level perspective.

In both observation and celebration of graffiti’s evolution within the local scenery, Hess’s photorealist oil paintings meticulously capture graffiti’s vibrant interruption amongst urban life. Combining traditional and formal technique with contemporary subject matter, her focus lies within the structure, decay and subtle details of each location. Her large-scale canvases isolate various graffiti-laden structures or spaces, while some of her smaller works pinpoint the subtle imperfections of spray paint and abstraction. Her paintings have become a way to encapsulate and preserve the often fleeting and ever-changing urban landscape, immortalizing each mark long after the walls have worn.

Oakland, CA-based street artist GATS (an acronym for “graffiti against the system”) is an international graffiti legend, creating outdoor art in places that reach as far as Palestine, the Philippines and Rome. Known for the iconic mask seen predominately throughout the artist’s work, the face of GATS can often be spotted peering out from an alley way or stretched across a rooftop, greeting passerby’s with it’s all-seeing gaze. Representing a sense of duality, GATS’s iconic totem has filled with intricate insignia over the years, speaking to the artist’s personal reflections. As GATS mentioned in an interview with Hashimoto Contemporary, “Over time the mask has filled up with more names, tears, cracks and other symbols. I’m not a religious person so this mask has become the ritual that I meditate on. The cryptic names that decorate the mask remind me to appreciate people in my life and those I respect. Every tear is to remember a specific individual who was murdered by the police. The mask becomes more and more cracked as it ages. It’s falling away as I lose attachment to the idea of a normal life and start to question which one is actually my alter ego.”

For this month’s exhibition, GATS will be bringing his iconic symbology to the white walls of the gallery in harmony with the brilliance of Hess’s fine art landscapes. Their work will span across a variety of surfaces, from vast large- scale canvases and sculptural painted masks to aerosol adorned remnants of the urban landscape. Together, the artists bridge their two different voices, creating a fresh and vivid look at the world around us.