Friday: Made In America Art Opening at Public Works

Just what exactly are the backbones of our Land of the Free? Artist Matthew Henri believes they are none other than whiskey, women and guns. The pieces displayed in his show Made In America offer an artistic survey of the underbelly of an entire nation “besieged by vices and besotted by the …liberties and freedom granted constitutionally for all men.”

Tomorrow night, April 13th, Made In America opens at SF Public Works from 6-9 p.m. Entrance is FREE! Henri will present portraits of bank robbers and wanted posters, prostitutes of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco’s now defunct red light district, old whiskey bottles, railroad ties, public hangings, along with other haunting ephemeral nostalgia. To create his work, the artist searched the depths of our country to find images and objects that express the morbid history of America.

Henri, who is also the owner and designer of cult fashion label Free Gold Watch, which is collected by loyal followers globally, takes his unique silkscreen methods into the realm of fine art with his Made In America series. His prints are one-of-a-kind and once you are introduced to his twisted style, you will be sure to recognize it when you see it. Come check out his work, and take advantage of your opportunity to buy some of his extremely rare prints.

 

Made in America
Opening: April 13th 2012
6 -9 p.m.
FREE
21 + up
ROLL UP GALLERY @ Public Works
161 Erie Street, San Francisco
between 13th & 14th Streets @ Mission Street
[Mission]

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Originally from San Diego, Heidi migrated north to study journalism at SFSU and interned for the SF Bay Guardian writing music stuff. She later embarked on a study-abroad program in both Denmark and Holland, and basically never came home. For six long years, she froze her ass off in Oslo, Norway, pretending to be a viking princess, trying to figure out how to survive in the most expensive city in the world. The other two years were spent frolicking on the beach in Spain - sipping on sangria in between being tossed around Europe working as a stressed-out journalist. Heidi currently works at for a non-profit cultural exchange program, helping others experience life from a different perspective. She is thrilled to be back in SF, magnetizing the obscure, and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do.

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