Todd "REAS" James, recently part of our Graffiti Spotlight and his August 2008 cover in our Top 25 Covers list, will be opening a solo show, King of the Wild Frontier, at NYC's Gering & Lopez Gallery on March 1, 2012. The exhibition will present two new bodies of work: canvases depicting James' familiar Somali pirate series and a recreation of the Vandal's Bedroom that was so essential to the Street Market installation at MOCAs' Art In the Streets.
As James notes, "both vandals and pirates 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. It is this sense of injustice that informs and energizes James’ work. The fact that James is able to do this with a generous amount of humor is his unique ability."
King of the Wild Frontier
March 1—April 21, 2012
Gering & Lopez Gallery