Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Hang Outs...San Francisco

White Walls is pleased to present Make An Effort, a grouping of new mixed media pieces by San Francisco’s own wheat-paste artist, D Young V (David Young). This will be Young’s first solo project with White Walls, after a successful solo show at sister space Gallery 3 in late 2010. The opening reception will be Saturday, July 9, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through July 30.

The work for Make An Effort is a continuation of Young’s exploration of a theoretical post-apocalyptic San Francisco – a rebuilt world, full of new ideals, technology, religion and language created from scratch. Young poses the question “What would happen if people decided to restart civilization?” He points the viewer in this direction by loading up his new pen-and-ink-meets-wheat-paste pieces with invented and recycled symbols, alongside artistic renditions of current San Francisco residents. To obtain these images, Young worked in collaboration with local photographer Shaun Roberts to perfectly capture these San Franciscans as imagined versions of their own post-apocalyptic selves.

For the exhibition, Young has evolved his work to include new geometric forms, instances of color (which is a departure for the primarily black-and-white artist), intriguing personal references, and many cases of local shout outs – from portraits of fellow White Walls artist Jessica Hess, to incorporating the logo from legendary SF bookstore Babylon Falling into some of the pieces. He is presenting an ambitious collection of artwork for this show: ink drawings, mixed media works, and mural installation, with elegant variation in both scale and complexity.

White Walls Gallery

835 Larkin St, San Francisco 94109


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