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.
“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
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 Void, Amanda Wong,Amy Smalls and George Vidas , Ben Wolf, DARKCLOUDS, EKG, Greg Henderson, Hugo Domecq, RAMBO, Ryan C. Doyle, UFO 907, William Thomas Porter, WOLFTITS
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?”