Posted: March 9 2011
12 MIDNITE: TAKING LIBERTIES opens this Thursday night from 6:30-9:30 at the ELLIOTT LOUIS GALLERY, 258 East 1st Ave, Vancouver, B.C.
The new show’s been a long time coming but thanks to the Elliott Louis Gallery, the Vancouver art scene is going to get a good old fashioned Lowbrow kick in the…shins!

The evolution of lowbrow was only a matter of time and finally the mainstream will have a chance to see it first hand without venturing into the seamy underside where it usually lurks.
Since closing Lucky Red, I’ve been laying low with a lot of changes including a wedding, a country house, and a paring down of the hot rod collection to only two.
Though the country life is well and good, there’s no keeping the city out of the boy.
With that in mind, enter TAKING LIBERTIES, a knock-down drag-out pop spectacle of color, neon and car wrecks in vintage 12 MIDNITE fashion.
I really hope to see you all at the opening…and it’s my 13th annual 35th birthday party, too!



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For immediate release. Photo and Interviews available with Ted Lederer (Elliott Louis Gallery) and/or Artist 12 Midnite.

High resolution Photos available on request

Event: “Taking Liberties” 12 Midnite solo show at Elliott Louis Gallery

Dates: March 8nd to April 2nd, 2011

Opening Reception Thursday March 10th, 2011, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Elliot Louis Gallery- 258 East 1st ave. Vancouver, BC

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 6pm


12 MIDNITE website:


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.


MARCH 8-APRIL 2, 2011

258 East First Avenue, Vancouver




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