Opening Saturday, November 14th 7-11pm at White Walls
See flickr for more images of his works in progress.
We, the reprobates and affiliates at Studio Gangster, specialize in a new artform we are calling post-felonial art (some of us do prefer Ab-Ex-Recidivism). Some may scoff and say “You aint doing nothing but tagging up the walls” and you’d be right. But what your blinking dripping eye missed was the depth our doodles go to define our lives and how we live them. You aint seen graff this Tabasco since Lascaux, nor graff so ICE-AY since Pompei. If you want to get down with the Newest School, heres what you do. Grab any writing implement, step up to a wall, tell the truth without hesitating. Step back and feel devastating. laugh at the guy with the bucket of glue, ask him why he’s so stuck up.
Now that we have formed this union of like-minded Post-Felonial Expressionists, we decide to build a pryamid, to point to the past we inherit from the Egyptians, and The Egyptian Lover, and to look toward the future we leave for The Creator, who will return to see how his experiment turned out. She will see the the story of human achievement started with a pryamid of stone in egypt and ended with a pyramid of tires in America. She’ll roll her all-seeing eye like she left the oven on too long.
Dinosaurs gave mankind two great gifts – petroleum and extinction
Your boy ESPO
ESPO has moved into White Walls to prepare work for his show opening this Saturday, November 14th 2009 from 7-11pm. Scope out his progress thus far and read below for a note from ESPO aka Steve Powers.
First of all, regular viewers of the Steve Powers show know I havent really written graffiti in 10 years. Besides the occasional bathroom signature (a few in 10 years) or the even more occasional legal graffiti wall (1 in 10 years) I quit that writing shit. I was tired of writing on people’s stuff, and I had done it every way I felt I could, including writing a book on the topic, so I grew up.
But ESPO has followed me everywhere from Street Market at Deitch to the present show here at White Walls. I remember that Jeffrey specifically said he wanted to present Barry, Todd, and myself by strictly our government names, but the graffiti back story was too good to ignore, so my name in press release went out as Steve ESPO Powers. Justin Giarla of White Walls recognized the same potential for a good conversation with collectors in the ESPO name, but went all out and dropped the government name completely, and unbeknownst to me, promoted this show as being by ESPO Exterior Surface Painting Outreach. When I see the ad finally, upon my arrival at the gallery, all I could do was make the sound of a tire going flat.
Justin says I’m more marketable as ESPO Exterior Surface Painting Outreach. Ok he sells a lot of work, I’ll let a man do his job. You sell the shit I’m cooking up, just stay out of my kitchen while I’m working. And since you blew up my spot, I’m going to grill the inside of this gallery with tags. if security catches kids going over me, they’re getting sawzall haircuts. And finally:
You cant make street if the street doesnt make you.
We didn’t quite know what to expect from the Stencil Workshop & Street Art Lecture that took place at our gallery last Saturday. As part of the Tenderloin’s Wonderland project, the local graffiti artists Apex and Neonski led the group in an interactive lesson in spray can art.
We were impressed with the array of urban art enthusiasts that showed up, ranging from happy-go-lucky kids to graff loving teens and contemplative adults. After participants had at it in Myrtle Alley, we headed inside for an intimate look at Apex and Neonski’s life work. Apex (Ricardo Santana) led the discussion with a slideshow of rarely seen murals from the 90s to present, while Neonski chimed in to share important details and amusing stories. Afterward, eager listeners engaged in a lengthy discussion with the artists.
We were pleased to see so many new faces around here, reflecting our community’s growing enthusiasm for street art, graffiti, murals, and stencil art. The event was a fitting transition between the Stencil Show and ESPO; two exhibitions that express diverse approaches to graffiti-inspired art.
See more pics at flickr.
Tenderloin dwellers take pride in their eclectic, cultured and historical neighborhood of San Francisco. White Walls and The Shooting Gallery are no different, and our involvement in the community backs our feelings toward our lovely TL home.
From October 17-November 15, 2009, an entire program of arts related events in the Tenderloin will be hosted by Wonderland (an SF non-profit). All events are free to the community, calling on 74 artists to create 16 projects throughout the neighborhood. White Walls is getting in on the action with a stencil workshop and street art lecture on November 7th, details below:
Saturday, November 7th 2009
White Walls Gallery
835 Larkin St. San Francisco CA 94109
Stencil Workshop 3:00 pm-4:00pm
Street Art Lecture 4:00-5:30
Stencil Workshop From 3-4pm, Myrtle Alley will become the site of an impromptu mural project. A giant wooden panel will be installed in the alley, and we invite artists of all capacities to make their mark. All spray paint will be provided by Montana and participants are welcome to bring their own stencils, tee shirts to stencil onto, etc. This workshop is meant to bring together experienced spray can artists with those who are curious about the art form, whether they have tried it or not. It will be a fun, laid back event where artists and the community will have a chance to dialogue about spray can art.
Street Art Lecture After the workshop, a talk will be led by the local graffiti artists Apex, Vulcan, and Neonski. They will discuss the evolution of their signature “Super Burner” murals, which are known for being layered with 500 or more colors. (For more about these artists, see Juxtapoz) Get a glimpse of their styles below:
Apex (photo via Funkandjazz)
Whether you are a veteran street artist or you have never touched a Montana can, we invite all to engage their curiosity in these one of a kind events at White Walls.
If you are an artist interested in volunteering one hour of time for the street art workshop, please contact the gallery
For more info:
The Wonderland blog
Apex on flickr
Erik Otto‘s Wonderland project, Down the Rabbit Hole.
White Walls Gallery is proud to present new works by Steve Powers on Saturday, November 14th 2009. Steve Powers (also known as ESPO) isolates moments, images and phrases of daily life to create an emotional revelation within the viewer. Please join us for the opening reception at White Walls Gallery from 7-11pm.
Dedication to making the world a better place may seem overzealous for an artist but ESPO is the exception to the rule. He has been an influential contributor to bettering the lives of teenagers from troubled housing projects by teaching art in Ireland, fighting for human rights in Guantanamo Bay, and spreading the love with his most recent Love Letter Street Mural Exhibit. ESPO, meaning Exterior Surface Painting Outreach, is revered for his graffiti, signage on the street as well as huge art installations in galleries such as Dietch Projects, Collette and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Aside from his successful career as a professional gallery artist, he is also a Fullbright scholar, a participant in the 49th Venice Biennale, and author of two artist books.
Maintaining his graffiti and signage aesthetic, ESPO’s new collections of shadow boxes are made with enamel and aluminum. They are backlit: shining in honesty, complexity and truth. This exhibit brings attention to matters of love, life and all the complicated situations in between. Notorious for his dark humor combined with eloquence ESPO’s paintings create a dynamic synthesis of words and images. His strategic composition of solid colors combined with graceful, bold lines is succinct yet conceptually engaging.
Please join us for the opening reception of new works by Steve Powers on Saturday, November 14th 2009, from 7-11pm. This show will be on exhibit from November 14th through December 5th, 2009 and is open to the public.