The natural theme of Harvest in Solstice is the result of Give Up Guys recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. I think it was just being up there, being in the woods and just listening to a bunch of metal, says the wheat-paste poster artist whose work can be seen all over Houstons buildings and walls. His trip to the woods, however, changed his focus. Im happy with the medium. Im still excited about that; I just wanted new imagery, he says.
Give Ups recent work includes silk-screened photo collages featuring half-dressed men and women, hourglasses and razor blades. His latest body of work still maintains his theme of beauty born out of hopelessness, but with a more organic feel dead trees, tall grasses and shrouded figures.
The show at the newly reopened and relocated Aerosol Warfare Gallery has two parts. One room of the gallery will feature his newsprint posters, and the other will have his gallery-specific pieces painted on birch panels (a new venture for the artist).
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I think [people] still know me as the newsprint-poster guy, because thats kind of how I try to present myself to them, he says, adding that his new work holds true to his original poster work. Thats where it all starts. The opening reception is today from 6 to 11 p.m. 2110 Jefferson. Regular viewing hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through April 24. For information, visit www.aerosolwarfare.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2-9 p.m. Starts: March 28. Continues through April 24, 2008