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White Walls Project Space Presents:
Before the Sun Dies, Part II
“Kingdom of Night”
White Walls Project Space is pleased to present Before the Sun Dies, Part II “Kingdom of Night” by San Francisco-based artist C3. The opening reception will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7-11pm with the exhibit free and open to the public through June 01, 2013.
“Kingdom of Night” is the second exhibit in a narrative trilogy following 2011’s Before the Sun Dies, Part I “Tempest Horizon,” which introduced aristocratic cult leaders and anti-heroes through finely drawn graphite portraits. Whereas “Tempest Horizon” was about the dawning realization of living within a darkly complicated world torn by opposing forces, “Kingdom of Night” illustrates an uprising of sorts, with a Christ-like character and an oracle at its center.
C3 describes the five pieces titled “Kingdom of Light” as a reference to the savior’s perception upon awakening, “[He] has been asleep for a generation and when he awakens the sun blinds him for a time. He begins to receive and perceive his world in flashes of light and symbols. He then begins to realize what he must do and what the two beings that have awakened him want from him. This in turn will lead into the third and final chapter in the trilogy.”
Many of the works for the show fade into drawn line, hinting at the process involved in works which otherwise could appear to be photographs preserved from an earlier era. The aesthetic of faded Victorian snapshots and old Westerns is transformed into something entirely new in the hands of C3, whose uniquely compelling vision continues to unfold through beautifully detailed drawings.
Tulsa, Oklahoma native Christoper C. Curtis currently lives and works in San Francisco. Known for his photorealistic renderings, C3 creates striking works woven together through an overarching narrative that explores a land filled with uncertainty and danger. The most immediate aspect of the artist’s work is its direct and unabashed confrontation of the grotesque. His tightly rendered graphite drawings display a haunting, vintage quality of antique portraits. As a graduate from the Academy of Art, C3 has exhibited throughout the Bay Area including solo shows at Shooting Gallery, Gallery Three, and Babylon Falling.
White Walls Gallery has worked for a decade to exist as the premiere destination for urban art in the Bay Area. Combined with the Shooting Gallery and two project spaces, this 5,000 sq ft space is one of the largest galleries on the west coast. Justin Giarla founded the gallery 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.
Interview with artist C3
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request
Before the Sun Dies, Part II “Kingdom of Night”
Opening Reception – May 11, 2013, 7-11 pm
On View Through June 01, 2013
@ White Walls Project Space (www.whitewallssf.com/projectspace)
San Francisco, CA