DUALITY OF HUMANITY

SEPTEMBER 13th, 2008
DUALITY OF HUMANITY
– Shepard Fairey Solo Exhibition

Opening Reception – September 13th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates – September 13th – October 4th

White Walls Gallery
835 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
For Info please visit www.whitewallssf.com

Over 100 pieces will go on display at White Walls in a timely new show titled “The Duality of Humanity.” The show marks an evolution for the artist, whose unique form of reverse propaganda emerged from the spirit of the punk movement. With this show, Shepard touches upon, but also goes beyond the ‘calls to action’ against mindless consumerism and war evidenced in previous shows like Nineteeneightyfouria, E Pluribus Venom and Imperfect Union. “The difference between this show and the previous ones is that now the optimism of a potential  Obama presidency is in the mix,” Shepard said. His recent work reflects his own personal shift towards a new optimism, a direct result of his involvement with, and inspiration by, the powerful political ideals of Barack Obama.

The title of the show, “The Duality of Humanity,” is inspired by the peace-sign wearing US soldier in Vietnam, ‘Joker,’ in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Fairey sees a strong parallel between the Vietnam war and the Iraq war. Fairey says that this show addresses  the “human struggle between good and bad, hope and fear”. One of the show’s central pieces is a child with a gun in his hand and a flower in his hat. The theme of soldiers and weapons bearing peace signs, or peace signs comprised of military effects, runs through many pieces in the show. Environmental themes also appear in some pieces, illustrating the tenuous balance between our dangerously uncontrolled consumption of non-renewable resources, and our well intentioned eco-concerns. Suffering and hope are seamlessly merged in a visual mash-up that defies expectations and easy answers.

“The Duality of Humanity” includes larger mixed media pieces on canvas and paper that have been covered with carefully collaged ephemera, self-printed patterns and found clippings from printed media. The backgrounds provide a seductive painterly texture and visual subtext, often allowing apropos words and images to bleed through the iconic images printed and painted over them. The multiple layers create a sense of depth, but also bring in temporal elements through preserved newsclippings, historic images and vintage printing effects. It is the images in the foreground, however, that give the work its power. They are crisp and provocative, communicating in a way that is direct and clear.

For Info please visit www.whitewallssf.com

Stair Porn

To continue the discussion of items in the house usually untouched by design, we have stair cases. Which in the majority of new domestic areas are boring, carpeted, with bland hand railings, maybe youll get a wooden set, with a bland hand rail if youre lucky.

That is where Stair Porn comes in. Theyre a blog showcasing the best sets of stairs in the industry. Large small, wide and narrow they have em all. Below are some of my favorite pictures…

Modern Bath Tub? Really?

There are certain things in the home that go untouched in the world of product design. The bath tub being one of those, how many homes have beautiful bathrooms, double waterfall sinks, elaborate  stand up showers with multiple heads, and maybe a jacuzzi tub. booooring…

Designer Torsten Werner from hamburg, Germany had an idea inspired by the stealth bomber to integrate design and color (Thank god) into the bathroom tub. So he designed TUB F-117

This polygonal bathing-sculpture is made of 14 sheeds. The system can be modified to fit to your body size and measure of the modular installation. At a body size of 175cm, the resulting modular size will be 150x100x43cm. The tub can be delivered in steel/coated or mineral resin in any color.

Look how close this color is to the below color of A Clockwork Orange… hmm….

Good Morning

Kanye West is always in touch with the latest visual, graphic and fashion designers, and for his video ” Good Morning” (which was one of my favorite tracks on the album, seeing it was the first) he hired renowned Sculptor, Artist and Animator Murakami to animate the video. Takashi Murakami also designed the Graduation album art and posters…

* Apparently this video was a leak. I apologize. You can buy it at the Itunes store, and I believe its well worth the $1.49…