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Press Release: As Above, So Below by APEX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Shooting Gallery – Justin Giarla

justin@shootinggallerysf.com

 

Shooting Gallery Presents:

As Above, So Below

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Shooting Gallery is pleased to present new works by Bay Area street artist, APEX. This new body of work, titled As Above, So Below is the artist’s most abstract to date. The opening reception will be held on November 8 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibition will be on view through December 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

As Above, So Below, the latest experimental exhibition by Bay Area street artist, APEX (aka Ricardo Richey), is an exploration of new territories in modern art for this already well-established street artist. Known for his “burner” aerosol styles and graffiti lettering, APEX takes his art in a new direction. As Above, So Below is an exploration of minimalist color blocking, sleek lines and architectural forms and arches. Careful compositions of colors and shapes take APEX’s work into a totally new dimension.  While maintaining the dynamism that continues to characterize the street artist, APEX wields this energy into a refined body of work ready to go from street to home. In addition to the Shooting Gallery main space, APEX will also occupy one of the Shooting Gallery’s project spaces, representing the “So Below” portion of the show’s title; this project space will feature some of APEX’s signature and most recognizable earlier style-graffiti and hand-styles.

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APEX aka Ricardo Richey was born in San Francisco, CA in 1978. He is a street artist who creates colorful abstract patterns through the use of spray paint. Part of the Gestalt Collective that engages in collaborative murals in San Francisco, Apex curated mural projects on Bluxome Alley, other districts of San Francisco, and the SFMOMA display windows in association with St. Johns Community Center (San Francisco, 2002). His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco. Client commissions include Outside Lands, Spotify, the Puma lounge at the America’s Cup, Scion, Red Bull, Zynga, GoDaddy, Starbucks, and Adobe. Instagram: @apexer

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Shooting Gallery opened its doors in 2003 to the historic Tenderloin district of San Francisco; known for its lively street culture. Growing up in Southern California gave owner and curator, Justin Giarla, a love for everything lowbrow: pop art, street art, outsider art, punk rock album art, comic book art, surf/skate art and hot rod culture. Giarla recognizes how important it is to provide lowbrow artists with a platform for their work, which is exactly what Shooting Gallery has done for over a decade.

Media Opportunities

Interview with APEX

Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla

High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information

As Above, So Below

Opening Reception – Saturday, November 8,  7-11 pm

On View Through December 6, 2014

@ Shooting Gallery (www.shootinggallerysf.com)

886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Press Release: Electric Currents and Mortal Wounds by Aaron Li-Hill

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Contact White Walls – Justin Giarla

justin@whitewallssf.com

 

White Walls Project Space Presents:

Electric Currents and Mortal Wounds

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White Walls Project Space is pleased to present the new work of Aaron Li-Hill in his exhibition titled, Electric Currents and Mortal Wounds. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on view through December 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

Li-Hill’s work attempts to decipher the complexities of the rapid development in our modern age. Through the Western gaze Li-Hill points to the devastating effects of capitalist culture on the individual psyche, his work serves as a template for the ramifications felt on a global scale. The work mirrors the perception of the Westerner attempting to comprehend, disentangle and redress. Born out of suppression, it becomes a manifestation portraying the skewed image of the imprint our culture has globally. To create these complex images Li-Hill blurs the lines between the imposed disciplines of the art world such as graffiti, graphic design, painting and drawing to disrupt the concepts of what is considered high and low-brow art. Through the storm of imagery and density there is also a beauty that surfaces from this fragile balance. Inspired by the precariousness of the work on the street, ephemerality is injected into the core of the work, furthering its unsettling nature. Electric Currents and Mortal Wounds, fully pact with Li-Hill’s signature active lines and energetic forms, is an exploration into this notion of the Western gaze on foreign cultures and technology’s effects on a global scale.

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Aaron Li-Hill is a Canadian visual artist currently based out of Brooklyn, who employs painting, illustration, stenciling, and sculptural elements within his works.  With a background in graffiti and mural painting and a degree in Fine Arts, his works range from smaller multiples to enormous murals that explore industrialization, scientific breakthrough, man versus nature and information saturation. He incorporates found objects and unconventional materials to structure complex multi-layered pieces that are as aesthetic as they are thought provoking. Li-Hill possesses a BFA from OCAD and has travelled and shown in countries such as Australia, Thailand, Myanmar, Mexico and China. He has had works shown in such national institutions as the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire. Instagram: @li_hill

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White Walls has worked for over a decade to exist as the premiere destination for urban art in the Bay Area. Combined with Shooting Gallery, this 5,000 square foot space is one of the largest galleries on the West Coast. Justin Giarla opened the gallery in 2005 with a commitment to furthering the Urban Art movement, drawing directly from street art and graffiti culture. Named for its plain white walls, the gallery takes a backseat to the real focus: the work of our artists.

Media Opportunities

Interview with Aaron Li-Hill

Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla

High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information

Electric Currents and Mortal Wounds

Opening Reception – Saturday, November 8,  7-11 pm

On View Through December 6, 2014

@ White Walls Project Space (www.whitewallssf.com/project-space)

886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Press Release: unFashion by Marco Rea

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Contact Shooting Gallery – Justin Giarla

justin@shootinggallerysf.com

 

Shooting Gallery Project Space Presents:

unFashion

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Shooting Gallery Project Space is pleased to present new works by Italian artist, Marco Rea, in unFashion. The opening reception will be held on November 8 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibition will be on view through December 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

Marco Rea’s artistic research considers two different points of view: Street Art and Pop Surrealism. Using a self-taught method of creation, the artist applies spray paint to advertising poster. Rea’s work rises from a glossy image, originally created in order to sell a product, full of messages of desire and fascination. These images, which the artist recognizes stir up feelings of material fetishism for mass culture products in viewers, removes the product from the image to totally transform the atmosphere. Rea categorizes his favourite models as women in their intimacy, lost in their thoughts, dreams, and mental explorations. unFashion is a further exploration into this glamourous zone of media and fashion, women and desire. Through the juxtaposition of soft skin tones and natural light with flecks of bright aerosol paint, Rea creates a sparkling and dazzling array of images that evoke beauty and desire.

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Marco Rea was born in 1975 in Rome, where he works and lives. He has exhibited his works around the world including Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, as well as in Strychnin Gallery, Berlin; Fun House Gallery, Detroit; L’Art de Rien Gallery, Paris; Genuine Artikle Gallery, New York; Kaneko’s Gallery, California; BLOOOM Art Fair, Cologne. He has also exhibited many times in his own country, Italy, including Vecchiato Art Galleries, Padova; MondoPOP, Rome; Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome; MF Gallery, Genova; Famiglia Margini Gallery, Milan; Fabrica Fluxus Gallery, Bari and many others. Rea has had his work published in Juxtapoz Magazine (USA), Inside Art (Italy), Velvet (Italy) CG (Italy) and many others.

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Shooting Gallery opened its doors in 2003 to the historic Tenderloin district of San Francisco; known for its lively street culture. Growing up in Southern California gave owner and curator, Justin Giarla, a love for everything lowbrow: pop art, street art, outsider art, punk rock album art, comic book art, surf/skate art and hot rod culture. Giarla recognizes how important it is to provide lowbrow artists with a platform for their work, which is exactly what Shooting Gallery has done for over a decade.

Media Opportunities

Interview with Marco Rea

Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla

High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information

unFashion

Opening Reception – Saturday, November 8,  7-11 pm

On View Through December 6, 2014

@ Shooting Gallery Project Space (www.shootinggallerysf.com/project-space)

886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Press Release: Invisible Texture by Misha Vladimirskiy and APEX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact White Walls – Justin Giarla
justin@whitewallssf.com

White Walls Presents:

Invisible Texture

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White Walls is pleased to present Misha Vladimirskiy and APEX in their collaborative exhibition titled, Invisible Texture. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on view through December 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

Two of San Francisco’s most striking artists merge their respective crafts, photography and painting, to create a unique exhibition. Misha Vladimirskiy and APEX, aka Ricardo Richey, have teamed up to curate a body of specially crafted images showcasing our charismatic City by the Bay as well as top talent in the music and film industries.

From the artists:

“Photography captures the literal. Painting renders the abstract. Both speak in the language of moment. Both change and enlarge our ideas about what’s worth looking at, and what we have reason to see.

Photography. Painting. Richey. Vladimirskiy. Our paths have crossed innumerable times in our work and lives. This concept was born out of those moments.

For Invisible Texture, we’ve [integrated] our past works and brought them together to merge the literal and the abstract.”

APEX aka Ricardo Richey was born in San Francisco, CA in 1978. He is a street artist who creates colorful abstract patterns through the use of spray paint. Part of the Gestalt Collective that engages in collaborative murals in San Francisco, Apex curated mural projects on Bluxome Alley, other districts of San Francisco, and the SFMOMA display windows in association with St. Johns Community Center (San Francisco, 2002). His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco. Client commissions include Outside Lands, Spotify, the Puma lounge at the America’s Cup, Scion, Red Bull, Zynga, GoDaddy, Starbucks, and Adobe. Instagram: @apexer

Misha Vladimirskiy was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the U.S. in 1992. Before tumbling head-first into photography, he explored the world of biology at Stanford University. Once he realized that sitting behind a desk for eight hours everyday wasn’t the life he wanted, he switched his focus to photography and received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC). For over 15 years, Vladimirskiy has been a mainstay in San Francisco’s business and art communities. He’s photographed some of the world’s most prolific and notable musicians and celebrities, fashion brands, events, and venues. His work has appeared in SPIN, Rolling Stone, NME, Flaunt, and elsewhere. With the photographs included in Invisible Texture, Vladimirskiy has put forth some of his most mature work to date. Pushing the limits of contrast and saturation, his subjects–whether an iconic bridge or a musical icon in the making–emerge from the shadows to captivate and demand attention. Instagram: @polaroidmisha

Media Opportunities
Interview with Misha Vladimirskiy
Interview with APEX
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information
Invisible Texture
Opening Reception – Saturday, November 8,  7-11 pm
On View Through December 6, 2014
@ White Walls (www.whitewallssf.com)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

October 2014 Exhibitions: Install week Pt. 2 (Prspctive)

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Steve More

Yesterday, Brock Brake took you behind the scenes of our last install week leading up to the opening night of solo shows from Moneyless, Adam Lister, Remi Rough, Steve More, and Martina Merlini. Today, Prspective gives us his camera eye view of the artists at work. Take some time to stop by the gallery Tuesday-Saturday, 12-7 pm, through November 1 to see the work in person.

TORNANDO by Moneyless
Wet Geometry by Adam Lister
Motivational Therapy by Remi Rough
The Topography of Time by Steve More
Starch, Wax, Paper & Wood by Martina Merlini
All on view @ 886 Geary Street, San Francisco
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October 2014 Exhibitions: Install week Pt.1 (Brock Brake)

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Martina Merlini

Italian artists Moneyless and Martina Merlini arrived over two weeks prior to opening night of their respective shows TORNANDO and Starch, Wax, Paper & Wood. As artists in residence, they created a majority of their works on-site. Each also transformed their exhibition space: Moneyless applied his cyclical painting technique to the wall but on a grander scale, also adding an off-the-wall assemblage. In her work and wall paintings, Merlini practices a very specific deconstruction effect. Using spray paint and the elements described in her show title, the artist layers and then scrapes away portions of the paintings, leaving behind a swooping, patchwork effect.

UK-based artists Remi Rough and Steve More arrived at the start of install week and began transforming the plain white walls of their project spaces into large-scale murals representative of their paintings in Motivational Therapy and The Topography of Time. The electric pink Rough used on the frames of his paintings and on the wall of his space, really grips the viewer’s attention and calls one in. More’s hand-carved mixed media works, as well as his wall painting, pose a more earthly display: fire was used to create the effects seen in his piece Untitled, composed of household and spray paint on panel, the surface burned several times over.

Staff photographer, Brock Brake, captured install moments of the artists at work. View more of Pt. 1 after the jump and be sure to visit White Walls and Shooting Gallery to see all the talent and creativity on display. There are still prints available by Moneyless, so pick one up during your visit!

All shows on view through November 1, 2014
@ 886 Geary Street, San Francisco CA
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-7 pm

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October 2014 Opening Reception Pt. 2 (Prspctive / Brock Brake)

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The opening reception of  MoneylessAdam ListerRemi RoughSteve More and Martina Merlini new solo exhibition’s was this past Saturday, October 11th.  Christopher Burch’s September solo exhibition Oh Ye of Little Faith has been extended through October and is on view as well.  If you missed the opening reception, the exhibitions will be on view Tuesday through Saturday 12-7pm until November 1st.

On view through November 1, 2014
@ 886 Geary Street, San Francisco CA
(415) 931-1500

Check out Pt. 1 here!

Check out more opening reception pictures by Prspctive & Brock Brake after the jump!

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October 2014 Opening Reception Pt.1 (Prspctive)

This past Saturday was the opening reception of our five new exhibitions by MoneylessAdam ListerRemi RoughSteve MoreMartina Merlini and the extended Christopher Burch exhibition at White Walls & Shooting Gallery. It was a great night for art and conversation with a majority of the exhibiting artist being present.  Local photographer Charles Varga aka Prspctive was present to document the night.  If you missed the opening reception the exhibitions will be open Tuesday through Saturday 12-7pm until November 1st.

On view through November 1, 2014
@ 886 Geary Street, San Francisco CA
(415) 931-1500

Check out more opening reception pictures by Prspctive after the jump!
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Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco 2014 Recap (Dora Tsui)

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This past week, October 9-12, 2014, brought the inaugural Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco (Art SV/SF) fair from the highly respected Art Miami group. This was their first fair held on the West Coast and showcased investment quality Contemporary & Modern works of art for acquisition from the 20th and 21st centuries, including emergent talent and new media artists. The fair offered the unique experience of viewing great art and exploring innovative cultural programming including on-site installation projects, interactive art, artist talks and fair tours for all audiences and taste levels. Included among the on-site installation projects was a 16×24 ft canvas by noted San Francisco artist, APEX, which could be seen at the fair entrance. Photographer Dora Tsui visited the fair and captured images of some of the 75+ participating galleries and 750+ artists on view.

APEX will open a new solo exhibition as well as a special collaborative project with Misha Vladimirskiy at White Walls and Shooting Gallery on November 8; stay tuned for updates!

See Dora Tsui’s fair highlights after the jump. Read more »

Young tech elite dip their toes in art collecting (San Jose Mercury News)

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David Bao stands in front of a painting by an artist known as Apex at his condo in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. The tech community in Silicon Valley has embraced the growing trend of acquiring high-end contemporary art as part of the valley’s entrepreneurial culture and lifestyle. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group) ( Gary Reyes )

Patrick May from the San Jose Mercury News recently met up with White Walls / Shooting Gallery collector David Bao to talk about being a young Bay Area art collector working in the tech industry.  Be sure to check us out at the Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco fair this weekend at booth SV9 where we are featuring the works of San Francisco artist Apex.

When San Jose product manager David Bao first stepped into White Walls gallery, a sort of cultural cavern for contemporary urban art in the heart of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, it was as if he’d entered a wonderland.

“It was like the works there were talking to me,” said Bao, a 27-year-old working at a sales-productivity startup called Clari in Mountain View. “I’ve always thought graffiti street art was super interesting, especially artists turning city walls and entire subway cars into pieces of art. I discovered the San Francisco street artist who goes by the name of APEX at White Walls and just loved the stories behind him and his art.”(via)

LOCATION
San Mateo County Event Center
Expo Hall
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403

GENERAL ADMISSION
Friday October 10 | 11am – 9pm
Saturday October 11 | 11am – 8pm
Sunday October 12 | 11am – 6pm

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