RENO 5/19/17 PT/FT: “Wastedland 2 at the Holland Project” by Tucker Rash … “Visitors of the exhibit soon found themselves seated at two rows of church pews in front of a makeshift projector screen made of a whitewashed piece of wood hung from the ceiling by chains. The pews and the people in them were arranged in close quarters like a group of some ancient species gathered around a campfire to tell stories …”Back Alley Install … Anything Helps 6 shack by Andrew H. Shirley / The Beginning, If Not the End by William Thomas Porter and UFO 907 (photo by Danny Johnson)
L.A. 4/28/17 VICE: “Legendary Vandals Built a Dystopian Fantasy Land” by J.H. Fearless …….. “It’s designed to be an immersive experience: “There’s a bleakness in this post apocalyptic land that mirrors the bleakness, maybe, in today’s social climate,” says Andrew H. Shirley, who created the film and organized the show. His goal with this experience is to get each of us thinking about the world we’re living in, and whether we even belong in it.Neon UFO by Amy Smalls and George Vidas, featuring various work on the walls including ARMER BKF.
L.A. 4/20/17 HYPERALLERGIC: “A Punk Take on The Wizard of Oz Screens in a Massive Graffiti Installation” by Tod Seelie ….. The film itself resembles a post-apocalyptic, beer-and-weed-fueled buddy road trip evoking Dorothy’s journey in The Wizard of Oz.Wolftits front and center at the screening, opening night. (photo by Tod Seelie)
PORTLAND 4/18/17 WILLIAMETTE WEEKLY Post-Apocalyptic Short Film Wastedland 2 is “Teletubbies Meets Waiting for Godot, With Spray-Paint Cans” by Isabel Zacharias Wastedland 2, the brilliantly bizarro short film graffiti writer and video artist Andrew H. Shirley, […] Most commonly it’s screened, as it will be in Portland, among piles of garbage and cryptic groupings of spray-painted words. Trust Collective Gallery in Downtown Portland. Garbage Istallation by Andrew H. Shirley, Shea Cote and Scripture painting by Rambo. (photo by Daniel Kruse)
PORTLAND 4/30/17 THE OVER MAGAZINE “Wastedland 2 Takes Portland: Meet Andrew H. Shirley” by Reed Wojick As Andrew brought the culture to Portland, the sidewalks flooded with those of a passion, desire, and urge to possibly refresh their mind of the truth behind the realistic world we live in: a constant question of fate.(photo by Daniel Kruse)
WATCH WASTEDLAND 2 TRAILER HERE:
Photos from the tour … Exhibiting Artists: Adam VOID, Amanda Wong, Amy Smalls, Andrew H. Shirley, BRZM, DARKCLOUDS, DONT, ELMER, EKG, George Vidas, Greg Henderson, Lt. Dan, MIND DETERGENT, NOXER, RAMBO, Robin Drysdale, Ryan C. Doyle, SECT, SMELLS, UFHOES, UFO 907, Unstoppable Death Machines, William Thomas Porter, WOLFTITS … please visit here for more photos
Journey into ‘Wastedland’ New York artist turns IAO Gallery space into an immersive setting for his post-apocalyptic short film by Brandy McDonnell
This story appeared in the March 5th Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE)
“There are many practices of guerrilla filmmaking that were being executed during the filmmaking process of ‘Wastedland’; most notably, we didn’t ask for permission to shoot anywhere. We saw a location behind a fence, we either cut a hole in the fence or we found the hole. And that’s how I approach not only my art but I also approach life. I’m not waiting for someone to hand me an opportunity; I’m going to create the opportunity myself.”
UMKC’s Independent Newspaper: “Wastedland 2: Artists Bring Unique Film Screening to Kansas City” by Madison Noordhoek
“Collaborative artists foster revolutionary ideas while thriving off each other’s creativity. Jaclyn Danger, co-founder of screening collective The Cannonball Roarers, hosted a unique “secret screening” in an undisclosed location of Kansas City. Danger’s mission is to screen off-the-radar films in the urban environment to provide a more enhanced viewing experience. She has teamed up with her colleague, Matt Lloyd to launch the latest screening of Wastedland 2, a film produced by Andrew H. Shirley. […]
The first impression of the dopey, animal-like characters struck the audience with laughter and remarks such as “Sounds dope!” or “I love to paint, I love beer!” The film progressed silently, keeping the audience intrigued with the drunken vandals activities being projected onto the cement wall in front of them. The characters relate to the audience when they propose questions such as “What are we doing here? Is this a total waste of time?” and of course, “What’s the point?” These are questions everyone asks themselves at some point in their lives.
Their question is finally answered when a robotic character tells them “The fact that you asked the question, is the reason for the question itself.” Failing to interpret such an ambiguous response, the spirit animals follow suspicious wires to discover the source, and also the “truth”. Audiences will have to watch the movie in order to discover the enlightenment for themselves.” FULL ARTICLE HERE
The Cannonball Rollers‘ Jaclyn Danger’s photos can be seen here art work on walls by H8U crew
See more photos from Richmond and Detroit here …
Photos by Christian W. Gregory, EKG and Jacob Cunningham from the WASTEDLAND: RICHMOND SHOW 11/4-26 at Gallery 5 in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood’s old Police / Fire Station. Close to 600 people attended the opening night with standing room only for two very “activated” screenings.
Special thank you to Nick Crider for his co-curation and production assistance.
Exhibiting artists included: Amy Smalls, Andrew H. Shirley, Cheylene Tattersall, Conrad Carlson, DARKCLOUDS, EKG, George Vidas, Greg Henderson, NOXER, RAMBO, Ryan C. Doyle, William Thomas Porter, UFO 907 and several Richmond vandals.
MASS APPEAL 9/27/16
“Wastedland had the feel of a 90’s rave setting mixed with a 907 Mad Max vibe.” -DONT (Detroit Graffiti Writer)photo by Phil Conners
HUFFINGTON POST 10/26/16
“A native of the big D, the slim-framed Mr. Shirley has spent half of his 40 years outside of it; writing graffiti, pitching and creating art projects, promoting scenes, studying film making and custom bike-making… generally pushing the margins of cultural acceptability in a way that looks sketchy on a resume – but would make smart brands salivate, if they had the guts.”
“A new Wizard of Oz for the Anarchist Street Youth.” Charlie Ahearn Director of Wild Style