A World of Influences: March 17 - April 30, 2005

Urbis-Artium Gallery Announces Opening of

A World of Influences

March 17 - April 30, 2005

140 Second St., 6th Floor (above 111 Minna), 415-369-9404

San Francisco , CA Urbis-Artium Gallery is pleased to announce the first formal Bay Area show of work by Workhorse Collective, an international group of urban artists who embody the DIY approach of 80's punk rock with the self-promotional humility of Don King.

Aggressive. Bold. Steadfast, Workhorse's self-contained approach to producing, curating and promoting shows has gained momentum in the past ten years. Shows in Antwerp , Rome , Paris , Mexico and Slovenia confirm their international presence while dozens of domestic galleries have supported and documented their unique approach to art. With members from graffiti, tattoo, graphic design, special effects and skate cultures, their creative approach ranges from raw to polish.

For this exhibition, several Workhorse artists have collaborated on site-specific installation pieces for the gallery.

A World of Influences opens on March 17th with this roster:

Adam 5100, a Salvador Dali with stencils, produces large-scale black and white stencils that blur the lines of reality, pushing and blurring the focus points.

Logan Hicks, a madman with an Exacto blade. His meticulously hand-cut multi-layered stencils take hundreds of hours to produce. Focusing on inner city architecture, his pieces pick up on the minute details of urban landscape.

Evol and Pisa , stencil artists from Berlin who draw on cultural references of sex, war, and pop culture. Their work is an eclectic mix of graphic design, graffiti and illustration.

Erick Rodriguez, the newest member of the Workhorse Collective. His hyper-lifelike sculptures mirror special effects sculptures of Hollywood . For this show, Erick has produced work dealing with the brutality graffiti artists face when confronted by police in the dark corners of the city.

Empte Eyes, a Bay Area based artist. His multi-medium characters stare out at you from bleak and isolated landscapes.

Ephameron, an artist based in Antwerp , Belgium . Her delicately drawn figures are etched out on the wall with varying widths of tape. This unique approach to producing art has led to shows in Rome and Los Angeles .

Man One, godfather to the world of graffiti. Having seen the seeds of graffiti planted in late 70's Los Angeles , Man One picked up the aerosol can and created his own work. His bright, colorful creations echo the street graffiti he used to do illegally. His refined approach, masterful hand control and sharp eye have led him to the large-scale works he now produces.

Nick Walker, of Bristol , England . Walker uses aerosol, stencils and paint to produce his eclectic work. Having worked for movie sets and in the music industry, his work crosses many lines.

Sean Star Wars, hailing from New Orleans . His screen prints on recycled billboards touch on the most absurd aspects of white-trash life. Themes of hot-dogs, junk food, cereal and smoking run throughout his work. His work has been described as the art people on COPS would produce if they were artists.

Sergio Hernandez cut his art teeth painting graffiti on the streets of San Diego . His large-scale murals cite religious, cultural and political themes. His comical characters focus on the subtlety of society microcosms.

KGBE Rotgut, a Rhode Island based artist works on found wood, signs and other objects. His gnarled characters are painted on these objects then affixed to the urban landscape.