Last week, I stopped by the Gering Lopez Gallery in Midtown to see Todd James' show, "King of the Wild Frontier". This time around, his signature style of pop-color took on the fluid form of Somali pirates. They were armed with serious AK-47s, but are resting under trees and enjoying tea, bringing out the great humor in his work that always exists... The most interesting thing to me was the way the combination of colors stood out so much when mixed with black. The curvy lines have a nice voluptuousness, but I think they were used to express the joy and freedom the pirates actually have while locked in their harsh reality.
There was another part in the exhibition, which recreated a "Vandal's Bedroom". The small room is located in the corner of the gallery space, and it was covered with tearings from graffiti black books, sharpies and spray cans on the floor, and a lonely single bed. It felt real, and I could imagine the person that lives in that tiny pad as if they just left a minute ago...
After viewing the exhibition, I read a few words spoken by Todd James about the installation, and I think it relates the correlation of the 2 separate works very well: "both pirates and vandals step over invisible boundaries put in place by faceless power structures every day, Both also anonymously make claims (to space or to cargo), their deeds forcing society to confront the undeniable complexity of right and wrong". The exhibition is runnig until April 21st! A visit is highly reccomended...
Gering Lopez Gallery
730 Fifth Avenue
Between 56th and 57th Streets
New York, NY 10019