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.
21 + up
ROLL UP GALLERY @ Public Works
161 Erie Street, San Francisco
between 13th & 14th Streets @ Mission Street