Opening April 21, 2017, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art are Juxtapozed and Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!, co-curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery, Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, and Adjunct Curator of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Josef Zimmerman.
For this special exhibition Viveros will be showcasing his latest signature ‘DirtyLand’ character ‘IT’S NEVER OVER’
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“ For this special ‘Juxtapozed’ exhibition I wanted to paint one of my strongest and most iconic characters ‘The DirtyLand’ . It’s been a long time since I’ve painted her, the ruler & leader of this DirtyLand universe I’ve created. I felt it was time to resurrect the queen ‘D’ with a new direction & color palette, building intense contrasts, and elevating the attention to detail. She speaks loud in her pose and wicked stare as she draws you into her world saying “It’s Never Over” sporting the iconic signature DirtyLand helmet. Every area, moment, texture, and contrast is executed in the spirit of the uncompromising strength,confidence and power I have always sought to convey in my warrior queens.”
For those that have always wanted to get one of Viveros’ iconic ’DirtyLand’ warriors don’t miss this opportunity.
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Now widely considered the largest and longest running art movement in history, the New Contemporary Art Movement encompasses everything from Street Art and Muralism to Pop Surrealism and Hyperrealism.
Juxtapozed, a show title drawn from the magazine of the same name in the imperative tense, celebrates the legacy made possible by Juxtapoz. The access the publication has facilitated since the early 90s to a widely cast variety of media and expressions, has shaped the movement itself and preserved its continued relevance. Founded in San Francisco in 1994 by Robert Williams, Craig Stecyk, Greg Escalante, Eric Swenson and Fausto Vitello, Juxtapoz evolved from the intent to foster and support the art and culture of the underground. The magazine provided an alternative voice and narrative as a counterpart to the dominant New York-centric discourse of contemporary art and featured artists who straddled the boundaries between “high” and “low” culture. Aligning itself with the aesthetics of contemporary street culture, figurative art, California car culture, gig posters, tattoos, graphics, psychedelia, and comics, the publication became a conduit and forum for an entirely new generation of artists who were latching on to a populist visual vernacular.
Friday, April 21st 7-10PM
Gallery Tour with Robert Williams and the curators:
Saturday, April 22nd 1-2PM
On View: April 22nd – July 9th, 2017
Taking Place At:
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E. Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802