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Press Release: Nina je t’aime by C215

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

White Walls Presents:
Nina je t’aime

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White Walls is pleased to present the new work of Parisian stencil artist, C215, in his third solo exhibition with the gallery titled Nina je t’aime. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on view through October 4, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

“C215′s art captures a light, depth, and humanity that is difficult, and rare using stencils, his chosen medium. Stencils tend to flatten images and make them static, but C215 has developed a style of illustrating and stenciling that yields an impressionistic illumination of his subject’s character. Even though his technique is meticulously refined, C215′s work transcends the formal and seems to get to the core of compassion and belief in the human spirit. Encountering C215′s pieces on the street always makes me happy.” – Shepard Fairey

This sense of humanity is seen more in this body of work than ever before. In Nina je t’aime, C215 works solely on canvas using highly detailed hand-cut stencils and a vibrant color palette to create ten 24 x 36 inch portraits of muse and beloved daughter, Nina.

Christian Guémy, also known as C215, is a street artist known for his revered stencil graffiti. Born in Paris in 1973, C215 has spread his art around the globe with a public art career that began in 2005 and quickly established him as a man meant to be a legend.

Media Opportunities
Interview with C215
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information
Nina je t’aime
Opening Reception – Saturday, September 13, 7-11 pm
On View Through October 4, 2014
@ White Walls (www.whitewallssf.com)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Press Release: Look at what came before, and that will be the future. by David Marc Grant

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Contact White Walls – Justin Giarla
justin@whitewallssf.com

White Walls Project Space Presents:
Look at what came before, and that will be the future.

The Racoonarium by David Marc Grant

White Walls Project Space is pleased to present, Look at what came before, and that will be the future., the latest solo show by David Marc Grant. The opening reception will be held on September 13 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibition will be on view through October 4, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

Look at what came before, and that will be the future., features Grant’s signature small scale paintings rendered in his signature candy colored palette. Frequently depicting dystopian landscapes reminiscent of 80s science fiction and fantasy novels, Grant plays off this concept in his own humorous way. While commenting on environmental degradation and his own anxieties about the future, Grant addresses pressing global issues in an approachable light, fostering an inviting setting for open dialogue about these concerns.

David Marc Grant (b.1975) is an artist living and working in San Francisco, where he has had several solo shows and completed four album covers. In 2010, Grant received his MFA from SFAI. Through his work Grant opens a dialogue on geo-political issues with colorful landscapes, structures and technology drawn from ideas of various utopian and dystopian fictions, drawing influences from the constructivist/suprematist movement, Persian miniaturists, op, pop, advertising, comics, science fiction films, and contemporary low brow.

Media Opportunities
Interview with David Marc Grant
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information
Look at what came before, and that will be the future.
Opening Reception – Saturday, September 13, 7-11 pm
On View Through October 4, 2014
@ White Walls (www.whitewallssf.com/project-space)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Press Release: Essentializing the Essence by Pakpoom Silaphan

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Contact Shooting Gallery – Justin Giarla
justin@shootinggallerysf.com

Shooting Gallery Presents:
Essentializing the Essence

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Shooting Gallery is pleased to present the new work of Pakpoom Silaphan in his latest exhibition titled, Essentializing the Essence. The opening reception will be Saturday, September 13 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on view through October 4, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

Pakpoom Silaphan was born in Bangkok in 1972 and lived in Thailand all throughout his youth. After receiving his BFA at Silapakorn University in Bangkok in 1995, Silaphan moved to London to study printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2001 and received a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2002. Silaphan still resides in London today, where he continues to practice his art and printmaking.

From the perspective of an Easterner, Pakpoom Silaphan explores the phenomena surrounding a “West-Obsessed” world. Silaphan, who is very much influenced by Pop Art of the 20th century, re-works found objects to create his own fresh interpretation of Pop Art. By doing so, he addresses issues of mass consumerism and the effects of globalization. Rendering historic Western cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe on reclaimed Thai signs for Coca-Cola, Fanta, Pepsi, etc., Silaphan examines both negative and positive notions of international integration, while also implying the artists’ identity as a recognized global brand itself. The infiltration of Western imagery and ideology has had profound influence on Silaphan’s understanding of the West and on his artistic practice. Due to the nature and juxtaposition of Silaphan’s work, he creates an engaging dialogue between East and West, as well as the universal language of signs and symbols.

With an impressive and extensive CV, Silaphan has exhibited work in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Delhi, and has been featured in many notable publications as well. In 2012 he was featured in “For Which It Stands: Americana in Contemporary Art” by Carla Sakamoto, published by Farameh Media. In 2011, Emma Love of The Independent described Silaphan’s work as “a sign of the times” and in 2013 “the Pop artist of these times.” Silaphan has been featured twice in the Financial Times, Elle Magazine, and more.

Media Opportunities
Interview with Pakpoom Silaphan
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information
Essentializing the Essence
Opening Reception – Saturday, September 13, 7-11 pm
On View Through October 4, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery (www.shootinggallerysf.com)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Press Release: Oh Ye of Little Faith by Christopher Burch

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Contact Shooting Gallery – Justin Giarla
justin@shootinggallerysf.com

Shooting Gallery Project Space Presents:
Oh Ye of Little Faith
Christopher Burch

Oh Ye Of LIttle Faith by Christopher Burch

Shooting Gallery Project Space is pleased to present the new work of artist, Christopher Burch, in his latest exhibition titled Oh Ye of Little Faith: The Legend of Preacher Pinetar, an exhibition of new mixed media works, reassembled found objects and a large scale narrative mural. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on view through October 4, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

Oh Ye of Little Faith, will be Burch’s third installment of his ever evolving graphic narrative, The Missed Adventures of Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Death in the Land of Shadows. In this project, the trickster archetype is championed as an embodiment of ambiguity and ambivalence, calling into question fundamental assumptions about the way the world is organized and, at times, offering new ways of transforming it. Acting as the shadow, brother, teacher, and enemy and ally of the historical southern trickster figure of Br’er Rabbit, Burch’s own character Br’er Death, reveals that the trickster’s antics are never comedic, but rather serious gestures of resistance within a hostile environment. Burch not only re-contextualizes, but also remixes the Br’er Rabbit folklore with his own afro-surreal aesthetics.

Christopher Burch is an artist, events organizer, and educator based in San Francisco and St. Louis. After graduating from Columbia College in 2002, he went on to receive his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. From 2000 to 2002 he worked with The St. Louis Freedom Schools as a program coordinator and arts instructor and from 2004 to 2006 he worked as curriculum developer for the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, where he created several year-long educational/residence programs within four St. Louis public schools. 2008 to 2009 he worked for the East Oakland School of the Arts (EOSA).

Burch has organized several ongoing underground music and community-building residencies in San Francisco such as the Gumbo Experiment and the Unbroken Circle. He is also a founding member of The Screwed Arts collective whose architecturally scaled improvisation wall drawings have been exhibited at the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, The World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis and The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI.

Media Opportunities
Interview with Christopher Burch
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information
Oh Ye of Little Faith
Opening Reception – Saturday, September 13, 7-11 pm
On View Through October 4, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery Project Space (www.shootinggallerysf.com/project-space)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Poesia’s “Reflexive” @ Shooting Gallery SF (SuperSonicArt)

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Super Sonic Art contributed a photo recap of our current Shooting Gallery exhibition, Reflexive by Bay Area Graffuturist artist, Poesia. Check out Super Sonic Art for the full photo review as well as other local art news and events!

“Currently up at Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, California is artist Poesia’s solo show, “Reflexive,” which features his signature collages, abstract work and paintings.  Poesia is also responsible for “Graffuturism,” a term he developed for street artists who have moved past their street roots while still maintaining the freshness and urgency involved in street art.  Continue below for a lot more work from the San Francisco based artist.”

Reflexive
Poesia
Showing Through September 6, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931- 1500

See more images after the jump!
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Exclusive Preview: Pakpoom Silaphan – Essentializing the Essence

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Pakpoom Silaphan was born in Bangkok in 1972 and lived in Thailand all throughout his youth. After receiving his BFA at Silapakorn University in Bangkok in 1995, Silaphan moved to London to study printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2001 and to received a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2002. Silaphan still resides in London today, where he continues to practice his art and printmaking.

From the perspective of an Easterner, Pakpoom Silaphan explores the phenomena surrounding a “West-Obsessed” world. Very much influenced by Pop Art of the 20th century, Silaphan deals with issues of mass consumerism and the residual effects of globalization.  Rendering historic Western cultural icons such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe on reclaimed Thai signs for Coca-Cola, Fanta, Pepsi, etc. Silaphan examines both negative and positive notions of international integration.

With an impressive and extensive CV, Silaphan has exhibited work in international centers such as London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Delhi.

White Walls and Shooting Gallery is excited to announce Pakpoom Silaphan’s debut exhibition titled, Essentializing the Essence, opening this fall, September 13th, 2014.

Take a peek at these preview photo’s from Essentializing the Essence to get acquainted with Silaphan’s work and be sure to stop by White Walls and Shooting Gallery this September to see this impressive body of work in person!

Check out more works for Essentializing the Essence after the jump!!

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Mr Jago “New Coordinates” at White Walls Gallery (Graffuturism)

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Last Saturday night marked Mr Jago’s west coast debut in a White Walls solo exhibition titled New Coordinates. With over 25 large scale works on canvas and paper, this body of work makes up Mr Jago’s largest collection to date. Graffuturism blog captured the night and the art in a thoughtfully compiled photo review, read more to see some great shots from the opening reception and be sure to visit the gallery to see the entire collection in person. New Coordinates is on display through September 6th!

New Coordinates
Mr Jago
Showing Through September 6, 2014
@ White Walls Gallery
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931- 1500

Check out more pictures by  Brock BrakeBryant SinaDerek Macario and Dora Tsui after the jump.

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Photo Recap Poesia “Reflexive” at Shooting Gallery (Graffuturism)

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Graffuturism shares a solid recap of the opening reception of Poesia’s new solo show at Shooting Gallery, Reflexive, that opened this past weekend.  Poesia is a self taught “graffuturist” whom has been working on public walls and canvases over the past 25 years.  The show runs until September 6 so come check out the spray paint and acrylic paintings and mixed media collages for yourself.

Whether he is mirroring the work of old masters, composing collages, or creating gestural abstract paintings, Poesia’s work consistently carries the same sense of immediacy as seen in contemporary street art.  With this concept in mind, Poesia created “Graffuturism,” a league of street artists that value the urgency and directness of graffiti, as well as fast paced and physical aspects involved with street art, but have evolved beyond their initial roots. (via)

Reflexive
Poesia
Showing Through September 6, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931- 1500

More images after the jump.

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Recap: Meryl Pataky – “The Golden Hour” (Shooting Gallery)

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This Saturday, August 23, is the last day to view Meryl Pataky‘s current solo Shooting Gallery Project Space show The Golden Hour that has been on view since July 12.  This exhibition is entirely dedicated to the elemental life force and power of the sun.  Do yourself a favor and stop by the gallery at 886 Geary in the Tenderloin and see why Complex named The Golden Hour as one of the best art exhibits to see in August!

Pataky’s latest exhibition is more of an exploration into the cosmos than ever before. The first to be created by atomic fusion within a star, Helium is the element of choice and can be seen as the warm peach color illuminated within the neon tubing of the central works. From Helium, a long list of elements are created by the same process, eventually producing heavier elements such as iron, carbon, and oxygen. Pataky displays the use of iron in her steel framing, carbon in deer hide works and wood framing, and oxygen in a composition of succulents. Additionally, three Periodic Elements in neon: Gold (Au), Silver (Ag) and Copper (Cu) can be seen in The Golden Hour. These three precious metals are elements that are only created during supernovae explosions, lending themselves perfectly to Pataky’s cosmic theme. (via)

Check out more press on the show here:
Arrested Motion
Rendezvous Magazine
LiveFast
Supersonic
Fecal Face
KQED
Platinum Cheese
White Walls / Shooting Gallery exclusive interview

See more images of studio visits, install week, opening reception and finished pieces from The Golden Hour after the jump, as well as a video of the artist at work!

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From The Vault Series: “Untitled” – Winter Group Show (2005)

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From the vault series presents the juxtaposition of dreamlike imagery implemented in both Anthony Yankovic‘s frosty canvases of lifeless desolation and Sylvia Ji‘s winter wonderlandscapes of flushed cheeks and strawberry hair in orgasmic hues of pink and red create opposite polls of an equally feverish winter in the White Walls 2005 “Untitled” winter group show.

Yankovic, with an long list of graphic and illustrative editorial work for companies like Burton and Nylon Magazine and Ji, an internationally represented artist with shows in Australia, the UK, New York and LA, it was an impressive show with an expansive display of talent.

Check out the throwback photos from the 2005 exhibition at White Walls below!

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