9/07/17 “Wastedland 2” Immersive Art and Film Installation Ends Year-Long National Tour at Knockdown Center in Queens / NYC

Knockdown Center is pleased to present “Wastedland 2,” a nomadic site-specific, immersive film installation. Created by artist Andrew H. Shirley, along with the members of the notorious Brooklyn-based 907 graffiti crew, the installation’s environment uses the post-apocalyptic tableau from the film of the same name to allow the viewer to enter the psychology of the film’s narrative, redefining the way one traditionally engages with film and artwork. “Wastedland 2” poses questions of fate and the self, while exploring graffiti folklore through wordplay, sculpture, artifacts, and characters that appear in both the film and the installation. This special one-day event takes place Thursday, September 7, 2017 with an opening reception from 7pm – Midnight, doors & music at 7p / Screenings at 9 and 11p. Music performances will take place throughout the evening.

Artists in the exhibition include ADAM VOID, Amy Smalls, CASH4, DARKCLOUDS, EKG, George Vidas, Greg Henderson, NOXER, RAMBO, Ryan C. Doyle, SMELLS, UFO 907, William Thomas Porter, WOLFTITS. Performances by DJ DIRTYFINGER, DJ DOG DICK, JACER RACER & THE UFHOES, KARMA KIDS, NINJASONIK, UNSTOPPABLE DEATH MACHINES and more.

 

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AUGUST SHOWS / PRESS FROM THE WEST

UPCOMING SHOWS:
8/4 STAR ROUTE FARM 796 HWY 40 Charoletteville, NY 12036
8/5 THE ARK at Clove Valley Farm 81 Clove Valley Rd. High Falls, NY 12440
8/6 THE SUMINSKI INNSKI 8 Friendship St. Tivoli, NY 12583
8/11 THE LINDSAY BUILDING Milwaukee, WI (closing show for full exhibition)
8/12 Minneapolis, MN (TBD)
9/07 NEW YORK CITY (TBD)
IOWA CITY 6/2/17 LITTLE VILLAGE MAGAZINE:  “Graffiti-inspired exhibition, ‘Wastedland 2,’ features the post-apocalyptic at RADinc.” by Paul Osgerby … The Road represents the psychology of unbridled self-examination; it feeds the ever-changing environs of the present moment with a landscape that never settles. Hopping trains, graffitiing in the night and (if you’re lucky) sleeping on a friend’s floor […] These moments heighten one’s awareness of what surrounds them, but, most importantly, what surrounds them inwardly, Shirley explains. “All of that is incorporated constantly into the narrative of my work,” he says. “But I think it’s total immersion. I think it has a reflexive feeling in both the film and the exhibition we put on.”Wastedland-HL.jpgInstall in Process in the front window of RADinc. with wooden sculpture by UFO 907 (photo by Zak Neuman)
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 …”1495208051054.jpegBack 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.1493325493744-IMG_20170415_200727_724.jpegNeon 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.Wastedland2-SuperchiefGallery-TodSeelie-20.jpgWolftits 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 ZachariasWastedland 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. 04550016.jpgTrust 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.1493575069537-1.jpeg(photo by Daniel Kruse)

WATCH WASTEDLAND 2 TRAILER HERE:

IN PRINT: Immersive Film Experience: ‘Wastedland 2’

Journey into ‘Wastedland’ New York artist turns IAO Gallery space into an immersive setting for his post-apocalyptic short film by Brandy McDonnell
IMG_2207This 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.”

 

ILLEGAL SCREENING IN KANSAS CITY

UMKC’s Independent Newspaper: “Wastedland 2: Artists Bring Unique Film Screening to Kansas City” by Madison Noordhoek

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Jaclyn Danger and Andrew H. Shirley inside the secret Kansas City bridge amphitheater where screening took place (photo 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

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PHOTOS FROM RICHMOND EXHIBITION

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 / HUFF POST – DETROIT SHOW

MASS APPEAL 9/27/16
“Wastedland 2” Turns Detroit Factory into Graffiti Wonderland by Ray Mock
“Wastedland had the feel of a 90’s rave setting mixed with a 907 Mad Max vibe.” -DONT (Detroit Graffiti Writer)unspecified-18photo by Phil Conners
HUFFINGTON POST 10/26/16
“When Counter-Culture Becomes Culture: Wastedland 2 And Andrew H. Shirley”
“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.”
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WASTEDLAND : DETROIT exhibition debut 9/16/16 9:07 pm

“A new Wizard of Oz for the Anarchist Street Youth.” Charlie Ahearn Director of Wild Style

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WASTEDLAND: DETROIT exhibition will debut Andrew H. Shirley’s film Wastedland 2 in a 7000 sq foot space  in  Matt Naimi’s new “Make Art Work” facility at Recycle Here (1331 Holden St.)   For this group exhibition, the film will exist as a centerpiece to a decaying post apocalyptic play land of kinetic sculptures and colorful graffiti pieces (from Detroit’s own graffiti artists: ARMY, BRZM, DRAKE, DONT, DYKE, ELMER, FOUR EYES, LIGER, MINCE, PERU, PORAB, REVEREND, SECT, SKWAT, TOUCH, TURDL, YOGRT and others) along side artifacts and characters from the film.
The show opens under a full Harvest moon- Friday September 16th at 9:07 pm.  The Unstoppable Death Machines will be playing with local acts DJ Ihatejail.com (Crazy Jim from Wolf Eyes), Ishtar, Lt. Dan, and Dj’s Abacus, Prismviews, Black Noi$e, Abby and 100% Halal Meat- at 10:30pm until late.
Exhibiting Artists:  Adam VoidAmanda Wong,  Amy Smalls and George Vidas , Ben Wolf,  DARKCLOUDS,  EKG,  Greg Henderson,  Hugo Domecq,  RAMBO,  Ryan C. Doyle,  UFO 907,  William Thomas Porter,  WOLFTITS 
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AMOEBA and WOLFTITS encounter UFO for the first time.
In a post apocalyptic world, the last few remaining inhabitants are the spirit animals of graffiti writers.  Three solitary nomadic vandals (played by: Wolftits, Avoid, and Smells) cross paths while on the hunt of the meaning behind the abandoned landscape’s prevailing enigmatic artwork left behind by UFO. Roaming from one decaying zone to the next in a never ending search for beer, weed, and a wall to paint, these artists form a pact with the rest of the desperate survivors (played by Rambo, Noxer, EKG and others). Through the practice of their ritualistic art- they will seek to attain truth and ultimately receive the answer to the question of their futility- “what’s the point?”