PRINT RELEASE: Headlands by Victor Reyes

New print release by artist Victor Reyes: “Headlands” is a 24″ x 36″ 4-Color Serigraph screen print on 100lbs French archival pop-tone print-making paper.

"Headlands" by Victor ReyesHeadlands Print by Victor Reyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Headlands” is a broken abstraction illustrated from a painting of Reyes’ signature black and white motifs. Four opposing colors overlap and reveal other images emerging from the darkness of translucent layers.

Limited quantities available here for $100/print.

NEW PRINT: “Sideways” by Victor Reyes

"Sideways" Print by Victor Reyes, Limited Edition of 50

Reyes MSK has been killing it.  Not only did he just have an awesome exhibition, titled “Hold On Tightly” at Goorin Bros.’ Cassel Gallery, but it seems that his art can be found all over the streets of San Francisco and throughout the Nation (check out his latest production on Sycamore Street and his contribution to the Detroit Beautification project).

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RADIATING WITH ALOHA SPIRIT

Part of the 1:AM team was vacationing in Hawaii… yea, yea, boo hoo for us, right?  But we missed a lot of great art events like Victor Reyes’ “Misspelled” opening, “Phokos” reception featuring works by our buddies, Phoneticontrol and Alice Koswara at Lower Haters, and SFAQ‘s 2nd symposium… We went through an urban art withdrawal.

Then, we stumbled upon Split Obsession… Well actually, we have been going to their store in Koko Marina for the past 5 years.  When we first discovered them, we were excited to interact with like-minded people and loved their merchandise assortment and art collection.  Their walls are adorned with Angry Woebots, Big Foot, London Police, Buff Monster and the list goes on… They have a good mix of artists heralding from the local Hawaiian scene to the heavy hitters from around the globe.   On this trip, we had the opportunity to speak with the owner, Bruce Chin for hours about art, artists, SDCC, business, graffiti, Hawaii and San Francisco economy, and even the future of America’s youth.  Bruce showed us the aloha spirit in a big way and even gave us the fix we were feigning for…

Check out the limited edition (only 50 in the world!) Big Foot resin cast we picked up.  They only have 3 left so get your butt to their stores (there is one in Koko Marina and another in Ala Moana) or visit them online!

Resin cast by Big Foot from SPLIT OBSESSION HAWAII

Thanks, Bruce!!!  See you on the Mainland soon!

SUPPORT OUR MAN, VICTOR REYES

Victor Reyes is opening his solo exhibition, MISSPELLED, an alphabet handmade in California, at E6 Gallery on Wednesday, July 7th.  You can read more about his love affair with letters in a recent SF Chronicle article.  GO SUPPORT OUR HOMEY!

MORE ABOUT THE SHOW:

The ambitious public art installation turned gallery exhibition explores the artists’ unique approach to graffiti, by dissecting individual letters and exploring the anatomy and architecture found in the symbols we use to communicate. Inspired by San Francisco’s streets, surfaces, and overall visual vibrancy, Reyes reinterprets the letters and presents them to us in a brilliant array of color and movement. These alphabets, recontextualized on various abandoned surfaces around the city, are not intended to provide answers, but to raise questions about how we interpret public spaces and the content assumed within.

Over the past 2 years, Reyes has been diligently painting freestanding alphabets within San Francisco on its many vacant surfaces that resulted from the financial crash in 2008. What started as an initial impulse to push color and movement in a city with a long history of outdoor murals and graffiti has morphed into an attempt to inspire personal and public change in reaction to the economic downturn of recent years.

The individual letters painted in multitude have become an indiscernible narrative written in spray paint and acrylic house paints. These letters adorn trucks, fences, walls and rooftops throughout San Francisco. Alphabets have been strung together and carved out of forgotten spaces, exceeding his original intentions, multiplying in numbers.

Reyes’ restlessness in California over the last two years is portrayed in the landscapes and figures formed out of these letters. Often using the juxtaposition of vibrant colors and dirt, his unique hand-painted characters are meant to exist on their own, an unconventional quality unseen with most street writing. Their message is scattered and fleeting, open to interpretation; The letters are ephemeral, constantly weathering, fading over time, and are often facing neighborhood intervention. The placement of letters on the sides of panel trucks that disappear at the change of a stoplight exemplifies the alphabet’s physical mobility, in most cases leaving us with only a photograph as proof of their existence. Since the projects inception in 2008, Reyes has executed over forty site specific murals around the city, as well as created countless studies and mixed media works for the exhibition.

See ya there!