March 19th, 2016 – April 14th, 2016
First Amendment Gallery is proud to present “The End Is Near”, a group exhibition featuring Vyal One, Robert Bowen, and Lango Oliveira. Join us for the opening reception Saturday, March 19th, 2016, from 6:30-9:30PM. Artists will be in attendance*, and the event is free and open to the public.
“The End Is Near” offers the self-taught artists’ insight into a post-apocalyptic world. Their uniquely creative acuity reveals a misunderstood beauty in the ‘destruction’ of our society, a beauty in the dawn of darkness. With this brief vision of another world, California artists Vyal, Robert, and Lango create a wildly saturated, dynamic body of work all in their signature styles with visible roots in graffiti. The body of work is unsettling, intriguing, and ultimately enchanting–not quite like a dream, nor a nightmare.
Literally foreseeing “The End Is Near”, Vyal One spiritually references the occult with his signature recurring eye. Traditionally a symbol of ill will, the eye of the occult is often ambiguously misunderstood. Left to one’s discretion it can be used to abet or protect from negative energy. His vibrant rendering of an ‘all-knowing’ eye seems to provide visceral guidance in uncertainty.
Navigating the unknown with his animal-machinery hybrids, Robert Bowen has fantasized a collection of contradictory creatures. His hybrids have migrated from a world where technology and Mother Nature intertwine, rather than coincide. Their existence proves innovation and evolution will no longer be separate entities, with hyper-realist portrayal of nature’s kingdom in with unsettling mechanical ‘upgrades’.
**Lango Oliveira fastens dynamic scenes from mythology with writhing, emotional figures opposing fantastical beasts. Using rich hues he creates an ominous representation of the human experience–a sort of hellish dance pending an ultimate demise. His juxtaposition of old world imagery within this new reality is sinister, yet comforting.
“The End Is Near” will be on display until April 14th, 2016. For inquiries or catalog requests contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About the artists:
Vyal One began graffiti in the late 80’s, developing his trademark style & can control in 1990. Only a few years later, Chaz Bojorquez invited him to participate in his first show at Hollywood’s 01 Gallery–inspiring him to pursue exhibiting his art as a profession. Vyal One is one of the most prominent graffiti artists in Los Angeles, with work in museums and galleries internationally, and in more than 30 U.S. cities. Winning the Estria Graffiti Battle twice, he is a leader in the Graffiti Arts Movement. Vyal One currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Robert Bowen has always been a visual artist; equally self taught from graffiti and street art and classically trained in painting and sculpture, he has now been exhibiting his artwork throughout the U.S. for 15 years. His work takes things we know as familiar, making them just a bit unsettling, contradictory, and witty. His ability to re-appropriate contradictory symbols into unsettling situations puts him in league with greats like Ron English and Andy Warhol (Stacey Ransom). Robert Bowen currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
Lango Oliveira is a self-taught artist and tattooer hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, initially developing an artistic interest and talent from his mother. He paints for the love of painting, ranging from oil on canvas, to ink on skin, to spray paint on walls; his art is for everyone, from “crackheads to yuppies”. He crafts a screaming whirlpool of tattoo imagery, old world mythology, surreal bio-organic metamorphosing shapes, and abstract expressions, imaginatively rendered in deep, richly saturated hues. Lango currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.