OBEY: Duality of Humanity - Solo Exhibition in S.F.

Taken directly from the Obey Giant site:

SEPTEMBER 13th, 2008
- Solo Exhibition

Opening Reception - September 13th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates - September 13th - October 4th

White Walls Gallery
835 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
For Info please visit http://www.whitewallssf.com/

Over 100 pieces will go on display at White Walls in a timely new show titled “The Duality of Humanity.” The show marks an evolution for the artist, whose unique form of reverse propaganda emerged from the spirit of the punk movement. With this show, Shepard touches upon, but also goes beyond the ‘calls to action’ against mindless consumerism and war evidenced in previous shows like Nineteeneightyfouria, E Pluribus Venom and Imperfect Union. “The difference between this show and the previous ones is that now the optimism of a potential Obama presidency is in the mix,” Shepard said. His recent work reflects his own personal shift towards a new optimism, a direct result of his involvement with, and inspiration by, the powerful political ideals of Barack Obama.

The title of the show, “The Duality of Humanity,” is inspired by the peace-sign wearing US soldier in Vietnam, ‘Joker,’ in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Fairey sees a strong parallel between the Vietnam war and the Iraq war. Fairey says that this show addresses the “human struggle between good and bad, hope and fear”. One of the show’s central pieces is a child with a gun in his hand and a flower in his hat. The theme of soldiers and weapons bearing peace signs, or peace signs comprised of military effects, runs through many pieces in the show. Environmental themes also appear in some pieces, illustrating the tenuous balance between our dangerously uncontrolled consumption of non-renewable resources, and our well intentioned eco-concerns. Suffering and hope are seamlessly merged in a visual mash-up that defies expectations and easy answers.

“The Duality of Humanity” includes larger mixed media pieces on canvas and paper that have been covered with carefully collaged ephemera, self-printed patterns and found clippings from printed media. The backgrounds provide a seductive painterly texture and visual subtext, often allowing apropos words and images to bleed through the iconic images printed and painted over them. The multiple layers create a sense of depth, but also bring in temporal elements through preserved newsclippings, historic images and vintage printing effects. It is the images in the foreground, however, that give the work its power. They are crisp and provocative, communicating in a way that is direct and clear.

For Info please visit http://www.whitewallssf.com/

More of Obey Giant's work can be viewed here.




KAWS recently designed a pendant for Pharrell. It's an iced out version of his Kaws Blitz figure. I want one but know damn well I probably can't afford it... Either way I think the design came out great.

Thanks for showing me this Saiko.


My first custom: Mr. SEVEN in MUNNY form


Mr. SEVEN was done a year ago in a small run of about 5. I posted them up for sale and they sold pretty quick. This is the first and only custom I'll probably ever do. The only one I have left is the AP and I won't be letting it go for awhile. I want to bring Mr. SEVEN to life on prints and other platforms, but I still need to find the right artist to help me do so... As of right now, this is all you're gonna see of him as a toy.

I do have some shirt designs of Mr. SEVEN in the works and they'll be available exclusively on this site. I'll be working with Nikejerk on this project so be on the lookout for that.

Some info on Mr. SEVEN:

Mr. SEVEN is sort of like my alter ego. He's masked so he can pretty much say and do whatever he wants. He's neither a hero or a villain, in fact his mask and uniform change depending on what he gets himself into. He's gets lucky alot though and it gets him out of some deep shit... Lucky Mr. SEVEN.



Featured Artist: Bryant "Etom3r" Sina

TIME IS NOW by Bryant "Etom3r" Sina @ Paddy's Coffeehouse
Open now through 09.27.08

I was first put on to Etom3r's work through KR board member Metatron1050, but it didn't take long for me to realize how talented this guy really is. He recently opened his first solo show "TIME IS NOW" @ Paddy's Coffeehouse here in the Bay Area. From what I've seen, this guy is well on his way to becoming a successful artist. Etom3r might be new to the scene, but he's definitely not new to the art and it's culture. I can't really categorize his style because every piece is done differently but in a very creative way. All I can say is, this guy is extremely good at what he does... It's a big plus that Etom3r is out here in San Francisco because it's alot easier for me to get commissions and custom work done... Thanks again for the head's up Meta!!!

TIME IS NOW by Etom3r complete set on flickr

All pics provided by: Francis Ramos aka Metatron1050

Etom3r's website
Etom3r's Myspace
Metatron 1050's flickr


Random Stuff: LUKE CHUEH sketch and paint video

If you're bored today like me then go ahead and watch this video of Luke Chueh doing a quick sketch and painting... It's pretty sick!!!



October Release: HELLO I'M INSANE by HUCK GEE


Info taken directly from kidrobot.com:

"Hello I'm Insane Dunny 8-Inch
Lose your mind October 30 tracking down skullophile Huck Gee’s insanely rare, 8-inch vinyl. Psychopathic and armless, Dunny comes bound in a bronze clasped, hard-to-remove cotton straightjacket with bloody traces from his pre-asylum days. Just 500 available. Retails for $50".

Other notable October releases by Kidrobot:

10.09.08 - Playboy x Paul Pope Figure

10.16.08 - Kidreaper 15 by Andrew Bell


Random Stuff: KENZO MINAMI

Name: Kenzo Minami
Age: 33
Profession: Graphic designer, T-shirt designer, and immaculately coiffed and goateed star of Reebok's "I Am What I Am" ad campaign. His piece "Synchronization" appears in the current Mercedez Benz Presents Andy Worhol show.

Kenzo's description of his work and signature style:
"Motion of precise machinery of the world working in the principle of causality and acausality at once, both as part of the system of perfectly functioning engine of the world."

Kenzo collaborated with Microsoft and added design work on a limited edition release by Zune:

Kenzo x Microsoft x Zune:

Kenzo is one of my top five favorite artist right now. I'm blown away every time I see something new from him. He's worked on every platform you can think of, but in my opinion it's still not enough... I definitely need to see more.

You can see more of Kenzo Minami's work by clicking here.



Upcoming Art Shows in San Francisco

"Modern Amusement" @ Gallery 1988 San Francisco
Show Opening 09.12.08

Exclusive print by Brandi Milne available at the show:

Brandi Milne
Baby Mine
giclee print on Somerset Velvet Fine Art paper
8 x 10 inches
limited edition of 50


"415 Group Art Exhibit" @ DDRprojects
Show Opening 09.06.08