December 08, 2010

Mike Giant and Adam5100 at Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco: "Reflections on Past, Present and Future"

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Guerrero Gallery
Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 7-11pm
2700 19th Street, San Francisco CA
Ph: 415.400.5168
www.guerrerogallery.com

Guerrero Gallery is pleased to announce “Reflections on Past, Present and Future” an exhibition featuring works by PCP Artist Mike Giant.  A body of work that’s intended to lead us to reflect on our past and how our past has influenced who we’ve become today, Mike’s presentation of honored and praised iconography prompts us to contemplate how we can continue to evolve. Branching out from his traditional medium of ink and paper, Mike has created collage works and hand paintings on canvas, bringing forth a new body of work that surpasses expectation.

Throughout the years, Mike Giant has proven to be one of the best draftsmen around.  Known for this precision in the realm of drawing, he has utilized this exhibition as a springboard to more diversely express personal thought and emotion. Working with visually journalistic matter, he composes images that bring us back to the times when we were seeking role models and inspirational influences. Through the use of images that personally influence and drive him, these works seemingly present a diary or sorts and provide us with true insight into Mike as a person.

Birth. Upstate New York. Drawing. New Mexico. BMX bikes. Heavy Metal. Skateboarding. Punk rock. Hip-hop. Thailand. College. Dishwasher. Raves. Lorelei. First tattoo. San Francisco. Dharma. Think Skateboards. Angi. London. Adult bookstore. Computer animation. Tattooing. New York City. Newskool. Skullz Press. Everlasting. Track bikes. Brooke and Leia. Tokyo. Tattoo 13. Plum Village. Albuquerque. Stay Gold. REBEL8. Manifestations. Ordained minister. San Francisco. Right here. Right now.

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Guerrero Gallery is also pleased to announce “Even Keel” an exhibition featuring works by Adam5100. This collection of pieces uniquely encompasses the method and detail behind his art. For the first time, the stencils he hand-cuts and then uses to produce his paintings will be presented as art objects of their own. Deconstructed and reassembled, these stencils offer viewers an understanding of Adam’s practice.

Adam5100 hails as one of the top stencil artists around, producing works that evidence meticulous execution and a high level of craft.  His paintings strongly lend themselves to the process involved with creating them. With the goal of truly exposing the process behind Adam’s paintings through the presentation of his stencils, this exhibition provides viewers with a more in depth understanding of the intricacy and intensity behind Adam’s work.

Adam5100 was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He took to the art of graffiti; a path led him to the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco. His studies in printmaking and illustration won him the Yozo Hamaguchi award in printmaking, and a BFA with distinction. Adam5100's paintings have taken on a satirical look, challenging concepts of modernity, using spaces as a language to describe forgotten places, and light to evoke their story and context within the present, our time. In the years following his formal education, Adam5100's knowledge of printmaking and savvy ability with spray paint developed into a love and talent for painting using stencils. His stencils represent hundreds of hours of meticulous work and fine detail -- the hallmark of his works. He continues to live and paint in San Francisco, CA, and exhibits frequently.

Check out the opening reception of Guerrero Gallery's December show featuring these two amazing artists:

Guerrero Gallery
Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 7-11pm
2700 19th Street, San Francisco CA
Ph: 415.400.5168
www.guerrerogallery.com