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.
About 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
Paintings by Chris Shaw
Madonna of Dark Matter 36″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas 2013
Madonna Kalashnikov 30“x40” Acrylic & Metal Leaf on Canvas 2012
Elvis Illuminati 36“x48” Acrylic on Canvas 2010
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 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.
The Madonna of Evolution and other work by Chris Shaw, curÂrently on exhibit at The San FranÂcisco Museum of ModÂern Art â€” Caffe Museo, until June 2013. 151 Third St., San FranÂcisco, Ca. Open everyÂday except WednesÂdays. Cafe exhibit is free.