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
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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