Along with artist Todd “REAS” James‘ immediate family, hundreds of well-wishers, included fellow artists Steve “ESPO” Powers, KAWS, Tomokazu “Matsu” Matsuyama, Jose Parla, Eric Elms, Suckadelic, and more packed Gering & Lopez Gallery last evening congratulate Jame’s debut solo exhibition in the U.S. Self-taught, Todd James’ extensive art works crossed across genres and mediums. Best known by his graffiti tag REAS, the New York City-base artist was instrumental at the height of the graffiti culture during the 1980s, which gave raise to other artists like FUTURA, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and more… Later, James’ cartoonish design was translated onto other genres, from The Source magazine’s original logo, cover art for the Beastie Boys, to more recently, a collaboration collection with Stussy. In this, his solo exhibition, titled Make My Burden Lighter, James explored further the fallacy of the so-called “American Life”. The works themselves epitomized a child’s drawings on a refrigerator door, with brightly colored painting, kiddish silhouettes and unfinished canvas edges. However, a closer look reflect the sexual innuendos, violence, war, and elements of sinful natures. Both social commentaries, political statements, lampoon context all rolled into one.
The exhibition will be on display at Gering & Lopez Gallery from now till Wednesday, February 20th.
Gering & Lopez Gallery
730 Fifth Avenue | Map
The Crown Buliding – 6th Floor
New York, NY 10019
TEL #: 646-336-7183
Exhibition Date: Now – February 10th (Wednesday)