magine being trapped in hell. Not your typical fire-and-brimstone-and-nonconsensual-anal-sex-with-demons kind of hell – I want you to imagine a really bad place. Like a life lived in a vacuum of meaning, no transcendence, just day upon day spent wandering the bland postindustrial warrens of greater Los Angeles.
It's hell not having a hero.
This first solo show by underground LA artist Branded features a collection of color and black and white photographs serigraphically imaged onto sheet metal, as well as collage installations of street photography and graffiti art. The images explore the urban alienation, search for meaning, vandal culture, and fuck-it-all partying that shape Branded's work.
Saturday, August 2nd 2008
IT'S HELL NOT HAVING A HERO
NEW WORKS BY:
Opening reception from 7-11pm
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
**Live screen printing by Two Rabbits
**Free limited edition print to 1st 100 people
Closing reception Saturday, Aug 30th 7-10pm
Branded documents his and others' graffiti art photographically, in media from high-end 35mm film to a crappy camera phone, but he doesn't consider himself a photographer, or even, for that matter, a graffiti artist: these are both means to the end of communicating something else. The spirituality of soullessness – the search to create meaning or truth in a world lacking in both – or simply the drudgery and drugs and people and partying with which we fill our lives in order to avoid it.