As Above, So Below
November 8 – December 6, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, November 8, 7pm – 11pm
886 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
From Shooting Gallery press release:
Shooting Gallery is pleased to present new works by Bay Area street artist, APEX. This new body of work, titled As Above, So Below is the artist’s most abstract to date.
As Above, So Below is an exploration of new territories in modern art for this already well-established street artist. Known for his “burner” aerosol styles and graffiti lettering, APEX takes his art in a new direction. As Above, So Below is an exploration of minimalist color blocking, sleek lines and architectural forms and arches. Careful compositions of colors and shapes take APEX’s work into a totally new dimension. While maintaining the dynamism that continues to characterize the street artist, APEX wields this energy into a refined body of work ready to go from street to home. In addition to the Shooting Gallery main space, APEX will also occupy one of the Shooting Gallery’s project spaces, representing the “So Below” portion of the show’s title; this project space will feature some of APEX’s signature and most recognizable earlier style-graffiti and hand-styles.
APEX aka Ricardo Richey was born in San Francisco, CA in 1978. He is a street artist who creates colorful abstract patterns through the use of spray paint. Part of the Gestalt Collective that engages in collaborative murals in San Francisco, Apex curated mural projects on Bluxome Alley, other districts of San Francisco, and the SFMOMA display windows in association with St. Johns Community Center (San Francisco, 2002). His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco. Client commissions include Outside Lands, Spotify, the Puma lounge at the America’s Cup, Scion, Red Bull, Zynga, GoDaddy, Starbucks, and Adobe.
Shooting Gallery opened its doors in 2003 to the historic Tenderloin district of San Francisco; known for its lively street culture. Growing up in Southern California gave owner and curator, Justin Giarla, a love for everything lowbrow: pop art, street art, outsider art, punk rock album art, comic book art, surf/skate art and hot rod culture. Giarla recognizes how important it is to provide lowbrow artists with a platform for their work, which is exactly what Shooting Gallery has done for over a decade.