“A Positive Thought Cannot Be Denied,” Shepard Fairey and CityKids Foundation “A Foot In The Grave,” Contemporary Surrealist Survey Featuring Renown Fashion Photographer Marc Stamas
New York, NY 10001
April 2nd through April 23rd, 2011. Opening Reception April 8th, 2011 at 7 pm.
Icosahedron Gallery is pleased to present “A Positive Thought Cannot Be Denied,” a collaboration by street artist Shepard Fairey and 100 manhattan students. Best known for his viral sticker campaign “Andre The Giant Has A Posse” and his iconic and controversial Barack Obama “HOPE” poster, Shepard Fairey worked with the students to create the 40-foot mural originally exhibited at the World Financial Center last October. Organized through the nonprofit youth organization CityKids, Fairey taught the students about his artistic process and helped them plan and execute the mural. Incorporating Fairey’s imagery and street-art style, the youths created their own compositions and themes using screen printing, spray paint, and stencils on several large panels. A selection of the panels will be on view at Icosahedron Gallery this April ending in the April 28th “Spring Soiree” auction. All proceeds from “Spring Soiree” go to the CityKids Foundation.
Concurrently, Icosahedron Gallery presents “A Foot In The Grave,” a contemporary surrealist survey featuring renown fashion photographer Marc Stamas. Owner of AttaDog Studios and boasting a portfolio of fashion shots of top models, Stamas used his photography chops to create “Stone Art,” his new series of fine art photographs. In “Stone Art,” Stamas obscures beautiful women through screens of lace and water. The results are both haunting and haute-couture.
Surveying a wide range of approaches to surreal subject matter, “A Foot In The Grave” will also feature work from an international selection of emerging artists including Ruddy Adames, Pedro Albuquerque, Katrin Alvarez, César Aréchiga, Yusuke Hirata, Augusto Pinho, Matt Roe, Björn Treuter, Vlado Tudja, and Rudy Van Nieuwenhove. Imbued with dystopic visions, symbolism, and references to Surrealist and Dada traditions, “A Foot In The Grave” summarizes today’s trends in surrealist art.
Tokyo-based artist Yusuke Hirata will donate 100% of profits from work sold through Icosahedron’s “A Foot In The Grave” exhibition to earthquake relief funds for Japan. Earlier this month the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami and nuclear crisis have killed tens of thousands and left millions homeless without food, water or basic supplies.
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