LETHAL INJECTION | August

On display until September 15th.

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Robert Bowen, Isaac Pierro, Philip Lawson & Nicolas Giraud |
Including featured portraits by Jason Mitchell & Stacey Ransom |

The Lethal Injection show opened on the 3rd to rave reviews and a packed house all night long. If you weren’t able to attend the opening make sure you make it down to review this extensive and beautifully crafted exhibition. Lethal Injection will be on display in Zappa until Sept 1st and the 2nd St. portion will remain on display until Sept. 15th.

Aptly titled, this exhibition displays the severe imagery and extensive work ethics of two local San Francisco artists, Robert Bowen and Isaac Pierro as well as the tediously dedicated, Nicolas Giraud, who hails from Toulouse, France. Although these three artists practice a variety of artistic mediums successfully, they primarily focused on delivering paintings for the Lethal Injection exhibition, but special guest artist, Philip Lawson created sculpture consisting of cast resin AK47's.
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Acid Rider

"The Acid Rider" (Lysergic acid diethylamide) LSD

I love taking Acid. I have been in love with my LSD experiences since I was 15 years old. The black liquid character is the actual chemical of acid that gets you high.

The angel woman riding it represents the bliss feeling and expanding consciousness and enlightenment that comes from dropping acid.  The blue candies at the bottom represent temptation, something that tastes so good but is so bad for you.

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Charity

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

 

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Colonel Crooked Face Caruthers

 

"Colonel Crookedface Caruthers"

Colonel Crookedface Caruthers was born with a crooked face.

All the other kids at school would point and laugh at him singing crooked-face, crooked-face!!! He would turn purple with embarrassment.

He began doing a lot of drugs at parties as an attempt to fit in and also to forget that he had a crooked face but it didn't work. Then one day he decided to get beautiful tattoos all over his face to:

 

A. draw attention away from his crooked face.

B. look cool and intimidating.

C. show society that he no longer wanted to fit in.

D. all of the above.

 

The answer is D.

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Faith

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

 

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Forgiveness

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

 

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Fortitude

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

 

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Gentleness

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

 

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Justice

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

 

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Portrait Of The Artist, Robert Bowen, “If You’ve Made Your Peace, The Nose Bleed Is Really A Rainbow”

Director-photographer Jason Mitchell and set designer-photo illustrator Stacey Ransom create highly-detailed and visually-lush photographic portraits & scenarios. Their work is narrative in nature and draws upon the darker undercurrent that exists within all aspects of society. They aim to create worlds that cannot exist, through a unique combination of cinematic lighting, theatrically designed sets and an illustrative approach that is inspired by the Italian and Dutch Master painters. Their meticulous mind-set and skills were honed in their years of working on motion picture films and they still often create short films to accompany their photo works. Their debut solo show will be at Varnish Fine Art opening September 8th and running through October 27th, 2012.

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Prudence

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

 

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Purple Rain

"Purple Rain" is a song by Prince and the Revolution. My father dedicated that song to my mother after they divorced in hopes that she would listen to it and understand how he feels.

I was 8 years old at the time and the song has haunted my head and heart ever since.

After the divorce my father would drive me from Stockton to the city to see some beauty, eat some food, and escape from all the negative feelings back home. That's when I fell in love with San Francisco.

The two bridges represent bridges of communication that run parallel and never meet up. The mouths are my mother and father yelling at each other with me caught in the middle reaching out to both of them. The rose that was once red with love is now black and dead. The four hearts represent myself, my two little sisters, and the ghost of the fourth one who didn't survive.

Everyone else coming into the city has an umbrella to hide from the rain of wine supplied by the drunken sympathetic angels in the sky. But I welcome the rain that puts out the fire and the pain.

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Saint Suicide Sally

“Saint Suicide Sally” lives on the moon. She is the keeper of souls who have committed suicide. She holds their souls until judgment day when she will present them to God.

When one wants to take their own life, they pray to Saint Suicide Sally to do it for them. When she hears their prayers she starts to dance and the bells in her sleeves begin to ring creating the most beautiful sound that the human ear has ever heard. The music travels back to Earth, into the ear of the suicidal, and fills their heart with love. Making them realize the beauty of life and steering them away from wanting to kill themselves. The stars represent the suicidal prayers.

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Sincerity

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

 

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Robert Bowen

The bastard son of 1000 maniacs, Robert Bowen is a San Francisco based artist who watched entirely too much t.v. as a kid. A connoisseur of bad habits and collector of all things wrong, this “artist” feels it is his duty to bombard you with whatever inane and juvenile imagery falls from his hand. Hell bent on world domination, he pauses only occasionally for Mexican food and Lindsay Lohan movies.

“Robert Bowen’s work is a strange, swirling brew of colorful contradiction that is not easy to define or even understand, but that seems quite the point. Throughout his body of work, Bowen takes familiar iconography and handily corkscrews it with his own unique brand of humor and distinct painting style. Bowen’s ability to reappropriate contradictory symbols into unsettling situations puts him in league with greats like Ron English, and Andy Warhol. He continues to walk the line between charming humor and blasphemous sarcasm with symbolic imagery that leaves the viewer both curious and confused.” -Stacey Ransom | PUREBRED

RANSOM & MITCHELLhttp://ransommitchell.com

Director-photographer Jason Mitchell and set designer-photo illustrator Stacey Ransom create highly-detailed and visually-lush photographic portraits & scenarios. Their work is narrative in nature and draws upon the darker undercurrent that exists within all aspects of society. They aim to create worlds that cannot exist, through a unique combination of cinematic lighting, theatrically designed sets and an illustrative approach that is inspired by the Italian and Dutch Master painters. Their meticulous mind-set and skills were honed in their years of working on motion picture films and they still often create short films to accompany their photo works. Their debut solo show will be at Varnish Fine Art opening September 8th and running through October 27th, 2012.

Nicolas Giraud

Between innocence and darkness, 100Taur’s work explores the allure of difference and imperfection, by creating a world inhabited by fantastical creatures, half human-half animal hybrids, deformed, tarnished, where every detail is a tribute to the etching’s caption « the sleep of the reason produces monsters », made by the spanish painter Francisco de Goya in 1799.

There’s in 100Taur’s work an assumed fascination for monsters, even a claimed sympathy. Its aim is to dispute the idea of standardization, and to reveal that any standard is monstrous itself.

“Through my childish eyes, I invent nightmare creatures in order to make them my imaginary confidents. I love to pay a particular attention to the tiny details of the backgrounds, offering to my creatures a rich and colorful universe, inspired by mythological descriptions in literature, japanese icons… We must not forget that ‘monstrum’, means, in Latin, a miracle, an incredible thing, also a show. Wonderful, horrible or disgusting. It’s what it’s necessary to see and to show.”

Behind every drawing, painting, sculpture or installation, a story is waiting to be discovered.

100Taur was born and works in 1982 in the south of France. He has always cultivated a deep curiosity for nature and he find his inspiration in mythology, curiosity cabinets, religious icons, comics, fantastic literature and B movies.

Isaac Pierro

“Most of my work is story based with themes of love, heartbreak, drugs and music. Even the character portraits I do usually have a specific story behind them. Most of my inspiration comes from emotions I have about experiences in the past, present, and also aspirations for the future. My work has a heavy tattoo influence as I am also a tattoo artist.”

Philip Lawson

He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida in 1991 and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy from Notre dame de Namur University in California in 2001.

His eclectic approach to making art has included scoring films, producing music videos, and working in a variety of other media, from painting and sculpture to photography and ceramics.

Philip Lawson has recently returned to the bay area and has his studio on Alameda Island located between Oakland and San Francisco.

Weapons of Light

“My reasoning behind the series “Weapons of Light” is not to glorify the gun but use it’s form as a vehicle to communicate an idea. Weapons of Light are a conceptual series representing peaceful solutions to resolving conflicts.”

The series being shown at 111 MINNA Gallery are representative of the seven Virtues.

Originally the concept for this series came from observing the major conflicts of this century and the end of the last. These conflicts are marked with divisiveness, intolerance and religious fanaticism. The assault rifle is the preferred form of communication between them. I have attempted to transform the same weapon and send a peaceful message. These sculpture are an effort to remind us that the three major religions have a common origin: Abraham. From this one person came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

These Weapons are cast in resin from the rifle created by Automat Kalashnikov in 1947. The iconic AK47.

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