Posted: February 7 2011
TAKING LIBERTIES PREVIEW ON NOW!!  12 MIDNITE"S annual 35th birthday party! The first lowbrow show in a vancouver commercial gallery!

 


A pop-noir world of modern paranoia!

March 8-April 2 2011

Elliott Louis Gallery: 258 East First Avenue, Vancouver, Canada

info:604 736-3282

www.elliottlouis.com

 

 

Underground art legend 12 MIDNITE brings his pop-noir nitemare world out of the shadows and into the Elliott Louis Gallery, in a move destined to weaken the knees of Vancouver’s established art elite and ignite a passion for Pop.

 

12 Midnite has embodied the D.I.Y. ethic of punk rock and underground art for decades. Combining elements of graffiti, neon lighting and traditional pop art with the street-smart political sensibilities of a pop culture social critic, Midinite’s penchant for 50’s era hot-rods and uncompromising adherence to his political pop aesthetic has made him a lowbrow icon.

 

Now, after a quarter century-spanning career splattered with sell-out shows in converted warehouses and hastily renovated storefronts across the continent, he has teamed up with visionary Gallery owner Ted Lederer to unveil a new body of work destined to finally smash through the boundaries separating high and low-brow art. Together they aim to bring contemporary pop art to a whole new audience.

 

“Taking Liberties” is a tip of the hat to Midnite’s iconic stencil graffiti imagery that propelled him to underground legend status in the 80’s and 90’s. The pistol packing “Statue of Liberty” is now all the more topical in the current climate of American Imperialism.

Both his subject matter and presentation is often at odds with the artistic status quo.

While art often has an obscure meaning or an intention to draw the viewer in, Midnite’s art, with it’s glistening enameled surfaces and strobing neon lighting impacts you like a roundhouse punch or the headlight from an oncoming freight train.

 

12 MIDNITE: TAKING LIBERTIES

MARCH 8-APRIL 10, 2011

ELLIOTT LOUIS GALLERY
258 East First Avenue, Vancouver

 


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