NOVEMBER EXHIBIT | Reception
NEW WORKS by JOSH LAWYER & REUBEN RUDE |
Opening Reception, Friday Nov. 2nd 5pm – Late |
On display in the Zappa Room through Nov. 24th |
On November 2nd 2012, 111 Minna Gallery proudly presents, new paintings by Reuben Rude and Josh Lawyer. Both heavily influenced by street art, these two artists share similar techniques in the way they create imagery which makes them a wonderful match for this exhibition although their subject matter and overall presence of their focal points couldn’t be more different. Please join us this Friday to view these dynamic paintings and have the opportunity to meet these two unique artists.
A bay area native, this freelance artist is self-taught, with a background in street art. Joshua draws a lot of his inspiration from his street art. He paints people juxtaposed to a grey industrial background, to symbolize the great bright beauty you see in this gray cement world, if you just look hard enough. His subjects are mainly females trying to tell a story through small phrases and images found in the background, the shape of their bodies, the things being done to them, and the look on their faces.
Joshua works in a wide variety of mediums from acrylic paint and pencil, to wheat paste and aerosol. He usually works on found wood and makes them look as if they were new frames, an almost Cinderella story for discarded wood.
Reuben Rude was born in San Francisco in 1969, after the moon landing but before the Rolling Stones’ legendary concert at Altamont. Within a few years, his parents migrated north, to settle deep in the woods of Mendocino County. Living in a series of tents, campers and ramshackle huts, without indoor plumbing or a television, he spent the better part of his childhood outside. When it was raining or dark he would read and draw. Because of his lack of development in any other area of study, he chose to attend art school in the city of his birth. He lives in San Francisco to this day, and probably always will. He ekes out a living making paintings, posters, and all manner of commercial art. He never goes camping.
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