London, London,London… let me tell ya ’bout London. SOUND & VISION was my first solo show in London in five years, so I felt a lot of pressure to make Round 2 with the StolenSpace Gallery a strong showing. My NINETEENEIGHTYFOURIA show there in 2007 was a ginormous 20,000 foot extravaganza with some massive canvases and close to 200 pieces of art. This time around I showed over 200 pieces across two spaces, including a record store install with 1,000 of my own records, as well as doing three large outdoor painted murals with the help of my awesome crew of assistants. In addition, I asked my friend, frequent collaborator, and favorite DJ, Z-TRIP to create the soundtrack for the show,and also perform at the opening to really bring the sound to SOUND & VISION. Despite the gloomy weather and a few showers, we were able to complete the outdoor murals with enough time to grab some “pick-up” spots and still get the gallery install looking spiffy. I have to give a lot of credit to the amazing StolenSpace crew (D*Face, Leon, and Beth especially) and my posse of Dan Flores, Z Bomit, Jason Filipow, Jon Furlong, and Delphine for working long hours to make everything come together. Also, Simon and Romeo for their efforts with the OBEY Clothing pop-up store which was a great success. The opening was a blast with Z-TRIP crushing it on the wheels of steel, but I felt bad that the rain was unrelenting for people waiting in line to get into the gallery. To get more people through the gallery, Z-TRIP offered to play two sets allowing us to empty the gallery to get a second wave of folks in. I’m sorry to anyone who had to wait in the rain, but the gallery could only hold 500 at a time and the occupancy police were hawking. The event was overwhelmingly positive despite the capacity issues and rain. I am so grateful for the support people show and I wish it were possible for me to greet and thank everyone individually, so if you were there and are reading this… THANK YOU! Until next time… cheers mates.
The Record Shop Install
++ 1000 of Shepard’s personal records for everyone to enjoy ++
After numerous interviews, Shep snuck over to the Pop-Up Store to play some music.
!!! Opening Night !!! (rain or shine)
DJ Z-TRIP live Sound & Vision Set !
Until Next show.
Photos by Jon Furlong, OBEY CLOTHING