For Part 2 of our recap of “A Major Minority” at 1AM Gallery we introduce work termed Representational only to describe how I laid out the show. I have always been a fan of representational artists who work with imagery whether it be the figure, collage, or mix media. I knew right away when setting the lineup that I wanted to showcase more artists who worked with representational imagery. Graffuturism has been associated with abstract, yet there is more to it than just that. Street art has been heralded as being representational heavy and Graffiti has been heralded for its more abstract nature and for many reasons that is normally the case, yet there are many talented Urban artists who are able to use imagery while keeping their roots and history intact. This section directly illustrates another angle and widens the reach of our generations aesthetics.
After hanging the photography section covered in Part1 it was a natural flow to hang the mix media pieces that used photographic elements for collage or printing. This allowed me to transition the mix media work into the figurative and representational work. An aesthetic narrative started to emerge and hanging all these talented artists together opened my eyes to so many similarities and contrasts. For the Representational portion of this recap we cover work from Alex One, Amandalynn and Mags, Alexey Luka, Askew, Basik, Bezt, Blo, Bom.k, Borondo, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Debens, Drew Young, Evgeniy Dikson, Franco Jaz Fasoli, Jaw, Morik, Poesia, Sainer, See One, Sepe, Spé, Thiago Toes, Tobe, V3rbo, and Vesod. There were many favorites from this series of work and some amazing paintings and drawings. One of the strengths of our generation of painters as mentioned in the essay is our ability to engage the majority of public versus the minority of academic elite, one of my conclusions is due to not only our artists using representational imagery in their work, but also the reliance on aesthetics. Our generation of painters because their personal history and reliance on aesthetics have utilized learned skills painting graffiti and now remixing cultural references and past historical artforms. When most artists in college might have been trained to deny the art of mimicking and instead trained to focus on conceptual influences Graffti/Urban artists embraced it and also the idea of aesthetics. This is a key part to understanding Othercontemporary and its influence on the painters of our generation.
A Major Minority
An Intercontinental survey of Othercontemporary Urban Art
Opening Reception: Friday, March 14th, 2014, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Show Dates: March 14th through April 12th
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 1AM is pleased to present, “A Major Minority”, opening on March 14th, from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, “A Major Minority” is a survey of Othercontemporary Urban Artists from over 18 countries consisting of over a 100 artists. Expect to see an international sampling of art works that reveal the overall character of Urban Art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world.
According to Poesia, urban art has become an OtherContemporary art movement outside of the contemporary and critical art world. By taking a large sampling of the world’s most prevalent urban artists, Poesia aims to reveal the true character of this art form as being born outside of theory and based on its interactions with the public as well as its urban landscape. “A Major Minority” is an attempt to illustrate the current progression of this art form as “traditional graffiti merges with street art and becomes what the public has coined Urban Art.”
Come check out works by world renowned artists 108, 2501, O.Two, ABCDEF, Alex Kuznetsov, Alex One, Alexander Becherer, Alexey Luka, Amandalynn, Arnaud TRBDSGN Liard, Askew, Basik, Bezt, Blaqk, Blo, Boe, Bom.k, Borondo, Cain Caser, Christopher Derek Bruno, Clams Rockefeller, Col, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Corn79, Dame, Dana Woulfe, Deams, Debens, Defer, Dem189, Demsky, Dime, Djae, Does, Drew Tyndell, Drew Young, Duncan Passmore, EKG, Estria, Etnik, Evgeniy Dikson, Faust, Felipe Pantone, Franco Jaz Fasoli, Gilbert1, Graphic Surgery, Hellbent, INO, Jay Paavonpera, Jaw, Jerry Inscoe, Jurne, Kan, Karlos Carcamo, Katre, Kema, Ken Davis, Kidghe, Kwest, Legz, LX One, Mac1, Mags, Martina Merlini, Matt W. Moore, Mes, Mike Bam, Moneyless, Morik, Nawer, Nelio, Nibor Reiluos, Nmph, Pener, Petro, Poesia, Proembrion, Rafael Sliks, Romi, Rubin, Sainer, Samuel Rodriguez, SatOne, Scott La Rockwell, See One, Seikon, Sepe, Silvio Magaglio, Slicer, Sowat, Spé, Stendec, Stephen Holding, Swiz, Thiago Toes, Thomas Bestvina, Thomas Canto, Tobe, Todd Mazer, V3rbo, Vesod, Vincent Abadie Hafez Zepha, Wais, Wane, and Xuan Alyfe.