On view 9/17/2015 through 10/21/2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — 1AM Gallery is pleased to present “Memento Mori” a new collection of works by the profound stencil artists C215 and Logan Hicks. Memento mori, Latin for “remember (that you have) to die” is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
Just this August, C215 spent weeks on a journey raising awareness in Rwanda of its 1994 genocide. Following his return he developed his collection for “Memento Mori” featuring personality portraits of those who have passed suddenly, or even violently. These include John F. Kennedy, Tupac, and Robin Williams to name a few, many of them on antique printing press drawers.
Logan Hicks is presenting a wide range of pieces that are incredibly photo realistic using many stencil layers to create. The collection was conceived using photographs he took of the Paris Catacombs, classical sculptures, and paintings with subjects of death and mortality.
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Exhibition will be hanging until October 21st.
ABOUT C215 ++
“I try to interact with context, so I place in the streets elements and characters that belong especially to the streets. I like to show things and people that society aims at keeping hidden: homeless people, smokers, street kids, bench lovers for example”
Christian Guémy, also known as C215 is a Parisian street artist focused on stencil graffiti. Born in 1973, C215 started spray painting in 2005 and is today one of the finest, and most productive stencil artists on the street art scene.
“C215’s art captures a light, depth, and humanity that is difficult, and rare using stencils, his chosen medium. Stencils tend to flatten images and make them static, but C215 has developed a style of illustrating and stenciling that yields an impressionistic illumination of his subject’s character. Even though his technique is meticulously refined, C215’s work transcends the formal and seems to get to the core of compassion and belief in the human spirit. Encountering C215’s pieces on the street is always makes me happy” —Shepard Fairey / OBEY GIANT
follow his work:
www.C215.fr | @christianguemy
ABOUT LOGAN HICKS ++
New York-based artist, Logan Hicks, is known for his photorealistic stenciled paintings. His work has largely focused on the perception of the environment, at times humanizing its architectural angles and structures, and at others using its vastness to explore self identity
Hick’s introspective imagery is pushed from sullen, to vibrant, to enigmatic with his expert use of color and meticulous control of the spray can. Over the years, Hicks has developed his impeccable photorealistic style using stencils. Working from his own photographs, his process involves breaking down a photo into various levels of detail. He sprays the most amount of detail first, then works up to the least amount of detail. The colors are added by hand, using several colors for each layer. As the layers build up colors begin to blend, mix and fade into each other, using anywhere from 5 to 12 layers in each stencil piece.
Studying at the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in the early 1990s, Hicks cut his teeth as a successful screen printer, before being inspired to branch into stencils. Hicks was inspired move to California to align with the Low Brow movement of the 90s, and concentrate on his fine art stencil work. Hicks relocated to Brooklyn in 2007 to continue his fine art.
follow his work:
www.workhorsevisuals.com | @loganhicksny