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Shepard Fairey & Souther Salazar
Written by Manual Bello   
Tuesday, 26 June 2007 08:20
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
NYC - June '07 Shepard Fairey
E Pluribus Venom
&
Souther Salazar
Space Cadets
Project Room - Solo Exhibit
@Jonathan LeVine Gallery
June 23, 2007 through July 21, 2007

It was a good time to be in New York City over the past few days with Jonathan LeVine Gallery rolling out the red carpet for Shepard Fairey biggest body of works to date entitles "E Pluribus Venom" meaning "out of many, poison" which makes a statement of American culture. Starting with a massive event in Brooklyn followed by the obviously leaked night of press preview for both Shepard Fairey and Souther Salazar's "Space Cadets" show in Chelsea and the main event that took place on the following evening.

Let's us begin with the DUMBO show, down under the Manhattan bridge on the Brooklyn side of the river. This event showcased more than 20 works (over 100 pieces with both shows combined) ranging from small to enormous. The installation pieces were a whopping 14ft x 20ft with the intricate details and pattern that you would not expect to find in such a large scale works. My favorite works of the DUMBO show were the flawless stainless steel screen prints, which were executed perfectly. I would have liked to see some works with more colors aside from red, black and rustic tones, but this did not take away from anything. Oh, and I heard something about "Harry Potter" showing up to stink up the place with some fuse lit canister but was quickly pounced and removed by the cops. Not sure if he will be out of jail in time for the sequel?

Jumping ahead to the Jonathan LeVine Gallery two nights later. Shepard showed off not only some impressive stencil, collage, and screen print works but some very key elements in the process aspect of his works. Anybody who knows anything about screen printing knows hand cut "rubylith" is something of an old school craft and can easily be by-passed with todays post script printers and other digital methods. Although much of Shepard's work is created digitally, Shepard being a true craftsman, exhibits his talents by suffering with this pain staking process of hand cut film on many of his screen prints, as well as his massive hand cut stencil pieces that also require a great deal of cutting and suffering. Weather you are a fan of Shepard Fairey or not you simply can not deny the shear volume of work and its historic value in the art world. The main gallery was a propaganda paradise in typical Shepard Fairey fashion. If you have it in your mind that Shepard is some sell out, you need to stop kidding yourself. This guy is no spring chicken and he was putting this shit together when many of us were still picking up crayons at Aspen elementary.

Oh, and let us not forget about Souther Salazar who has also been shaking his brush for well over a decade now. Although not as impact driven as Shepard's work, Souther was definitely holding his own with his narrative based multi-level and pop color paintings as well as some interesting little sculpture works of baked clay, light bulbs, and various other household objects and items. Souther spent the majority of his time graciously entertaining his fans while a mob of Tom, Dick and Betty's talked the ear off Shepard while his camera crew looked on. Needless to say the New York City art world was buzzing over the last few days and will not be this spun for at least a couple months. Take a minute to see the visuals.

Special thanks to Jonathan Levine, Debra Anderson and Brandi Pomfret.

Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

Jonathan Levine and Souther

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