Home­town Disadvantage

H18 Open Stu­dio Party with Chris Shaw & Chuck Sperry Hangar 18, 1428 34th Street, Oak­land, CA Fri­day, Octo­ber 18, 2013 — 6:00pm — 11:00pm Join Chris Shaw and Chuck Sperry for Home­town Dis­ad­van­tage at The Hangar 18 Open Stu­dio Party on Fri­day, Octo­ber 18, 2013 from 6pm to 11pm. The party is FREE and open to the pub­lic. This will the per­fect oppor­tu­nity for local and out-of-town atten­dees (includ­ing Artists) of The Rock Poster Society’s Fes­ti­val of Posters to hang in a fun, infor­mal atmos­phere. Join us as we also cel­e­brate the 10th anniver­sary of the web­site Expressobeans.com! Chris Shaw will be exhibit­ing his paint­ings, (a few pic­tured below) while Chuck Sperry will fea­ture his large for­mat screen prints. Both Chris Shaw and Chuck Sperry will also present new posters, rar­i­ties and a few sur­prises to those in atten­dance. We hope you can make it! Feel free to join and share the event on Face­book.



Hangar 18About Hangar 18
Hangar 18 (H18) is a show­case for art­work in the unique set­ting of Chuck Sperry’s screen print­ing stu­dio in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. The H18 Project is an ongo­ing pop up gallery where col­lec­tors are pre­sented with a unique stu­dio expe­ri­ence.




1428 34th Street, Oak­land, California


Exhibit Pieces

Paint­ings by Chris Shaw

Madonna of the Particle by Chris Shaw, 2013Madonna of the Par­ti­cle 36″ x 48″ Acrylic on Can­vas 2013

Dark Matter by Chris Shaw, 2013

Madonna of Dark Mat­ter 36″ x 48″ Acrylic on Can­vas 2013

Madonna Kalashnikov by Chris Shaw, 2012

Madonna Kalash­nikov 30“x40” Acrylic & Metal Leaf on Can­vas 2012

Elvis Illuminati by Chris Shaw, 2011

Elvis Illu­mi­nati 36“x48” Acrylic on Can­vas 2010

Jimi Hendrix painting by Chris Shaw, 2010 Jimi Hen­drix Icon 36“x48” Acrylic on Can­vas 2010

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The Madonna of Evolution (Simian Vanitas)

On May 8, 2013, in Paintings, by Dire Wolf

Madonna of Evolution (Simian Vanitas) by Chris Shaw, 2013

The Madonna of Evo­lu­tion (Simian Van­i­tas)
60“w x 84“h
Acrylic on Can­vas

Liv­ing in the mod­ern world means accept­ing that occa­sion­ally we need to evolve some of our con­cepts about how things work, we live in an age of great dis­cov­ery and inno­va­tion. Long ago when it was “dis­cov­ered” that the Earth is not a flat plane cen­tered in the mid­dle of the Uni­verse, after some con­tro­versy, the new model was accepted. Dis­cov­ery of grav­ity, the ele­ments, and rel­a­tiv­ity (among oth­ers) were piv­otal moments in the under­stand­ing of our world and brought about great change. While the rift between sci­ence and reli­gion isn’t as wide as it was, some widely accepted sci­en­tific facts con­tinue to be deeply controversial.

The Madonna of Evolution Layout

The sub­ject behind this paint­ing is Darwin’s Evo­lu­tion. For me, its a com­pelling fact of nature and one with­out any per­sonal spir­i­tual debate. I believe in fos­sils and don’t have a prob­lem with mon­keys. The the­ory is ele­gant and a great sub­ject for a mod­ern icon.

I bluntly appro­pri­ated the image from Ambro­gio de Pre­dis’, “Girl with Cher­ries”, a 15th c. Ital­ian paint­ing with a beau­ti­ful tri­an­gu­lar com­po­si­tion. The tri­an­gle now rep­re­sents evo­lu­tion in the sense that tri­an­gles are direc­tional and have an apex. To adapt the orig­i­nal, I replaced the cher­ries with a human skull and added an ape’s skull in the man­ner of a clas­sic van­i­tas por­trait. In a van­i­tas, the sub­ject often holds a skull as a sym­bol of con­tem­pla­tion of one’s exis­tence and the fleet­ing nature of life. As a large paint­ing and cen­ter of a loose trip­tych, the per­spec­tive was also adjusted so the sub­ject looks across to the Madonna of the Micro­scope and down to the viewer.

Within the image I included helixes as a ref­er­ence to DNA, some eas­ier to spot than oth­ers. The color DNA of the piece is cre­ated from 4 main color com­po­nents, made from car­bon, nickel, chrome, and tita­nium pig­ments. Lib­eral use of metal­lic golds, sil­vers and deep glaz­ing cre­ates deep, color chang­ing hues enhanced by a matte background.

Chris Shaw
April 2013

The Madonna of Evo­lu­tion and other work by Chris Shaw, cur­rently on exhibit at The San Fran­cisco Museum of Mod­ern Art — Caffe Museo, until June 2013. 151 Third St., San Fran­cisco, Ca. Open every­day except Wednes­days. Cafe exhibit is free.

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