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Word to Mother, Saturday

Thursday, 10 May 2012 13:00

White Walls here in SF opens the solo show Can't Afford to be Broke with London based Word to Mother featuring new works on wood on Saturday, May 12th (7-11pm). 835 Larkin St.

White Walls Presents:

Can’t Afford To Be Broke

New Works from Word To Mother

White Walls is pleased to present Can’t Afford to be Broke, a solo exhibition from Word 

To Mother, featuring new works on wood along with a small run of exclusive ‘zines with 

hand-pulled screen printed cover. The opening reception will be Saturday, May 12th, 

from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through June 

2nd, 2012.

London-based artist Word To Mother's newest collection of works features his 

distinctive visual assemblages of figures, patterns and typography painted in mixed 

media on wooden panels. Drawing from his own experiences in recent years, the state 

of the economy, and riots on his doorstep Can't Afford To Be Broke sees Word To 

Mother showing a sense of desperate yet hopeful pieces, using familiar references of 

both current and vintage popular culture icons, which evoke a sense of humor amongst 

more melancholic figures. Delving deeper into his exploration of color, Word to Mother

expands into more primary tones alongside his usual favored natural palette. Gestural 

marks are layered and 'buffed' to create textured expanses of muted tones with 

injections of fluorescent reds and oranges appearing like small explosions of optimism 

amongst an overcast sky.

With wooden assemblages featuring smaller studies, text pieces and collections of 

salvaged items next to large scale paintings, there is a balance of subtlety contrasted

with Word To Mother's sense of humor and directness that can be summedup perfectly in the "Fuck You Pay Me" Baseball bat pieces.Can’t Afford to be Broke sees a maturity in painting and a hand-crafted feel that is everpresent in Word To Mother's pieces, resulting in what we believe is his strongest 

From the Artist: 

“Everyone's perception of 'Broke' is different. It's all relative to our situation. In situations 

where celebrity riches and materialistic lifestyles are portrayed by the media, we have 

been conditioned to feel more valued as an individual based upon what we own, rather 

than our actions.

People are emotionally broke, financially broke, and physically broke, from the structure 

of the society we live in. Unless we educate ourselves, work hard, and take the right 

risks, we won’t get anywhere. We won't get out. We will continue to be broke.

I can't afford to be broke.”

London-based artist Word To Mother was born and raised in an English seaside town. 

After attending art school for illustration, Word To Mother entered into the art world. 

Word To Mother creates work that combines many influences into uniquely layered 

paintings, often atop pieces of salvaged wood. Word To Mother has exhibited in both 

the UK and the US and has been featured in various publications including Juxtapoz 

and Hi Fructose.

White Walls Gallery has worked for nearly a decade to exist as the premiere destination 

for urban art in the Bay Area. Combined with the Shooting Gallery just next door, this 

4,000 sq ft space is one of the largest galleries on the west coast. Justin Giarla founded 

the gallery in 2005 with a commitment to furthering the urban art movement, drawing 

directly from street art and graffiti culture. Named for its plain white walls, the gallery 

takes a backseat to the real focus: the work of our artists.

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