Lucien Shapiro at the Guerrero Gallery

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The ever so multi-talented  makes his way back on our site with his most recent show at Guerrero Gallery happening right now! Shapiro has been a close friend of EK for quite some time having been featured on July 2010 and later as part of Relics of The New World, a killer video produced by EK Studios.  A collection of new works by Lucien Shapiro titled Vassel is having it’s opening reception this very second and running till October 1st. Don’t miss it!

LUCIEN SHAPIRO
“Vessel”

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14th, 2013 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: September 14th – October 1st, 2013

 Guerrero Gallery proudly presents Vessel, a collection of new works by Lucien Shapiro.
This body of works, composed of masks and corresponding vessels, coincides with specific
rituals personal to Shapiro’s experiences and reflections in life. Presented are themes related to
the daily hustle, the seeking of light, confronting fears, realizing strength, the longing for a
partner, and dealings with rejection. The masks provide a personal shield from realities; the
vessels are representative of discovered or learned antidotes; and the rituals express an
examination, acknowledgement, and passage of inner struggles. Through personal rituals, we’re
able to experience reflective and intoxicating healing and cleansings of the soul.
By way of the Sinking Boats Belly Ritual, which is performed after one has recently been
rejected or heart-broken, the mask-wearer is able to release pain and find solace. The ritual
entails a dance under which the mask wearer’s head spasms and limp limb motions mimic
beating oneself over the head or against something. Progressively, like an ungraceful beast, a
hurling flurry of pin-wheeling and undulating arms ensues. Filled with ice water and positioned
on the floor below the mask wearer, the Rusting Red Vessel, is emptied upon oneself, cleansing
and rejuvenating.

Another ritual presented by Shapiro in the exhibition is a take on the modern man’s
hustle. The Hustler’s Hooded Cloud Mask, adorned with what the wearer must push in order to
carry on, is a showcase of the hustler’s supply. The Green Encompassed Vessel represents the
mask wearer’s bank; It has no bottom, showing how currency seems to be continually spent
immediately after it is made. The Purple Piece Cloud Vessel, a ceremonial pipe, represents the
consumption of goods and evidences the expected nuances associated with the hustler-client
relationship.

Lucien Shapiro’s art is rife with found objects, textures, casted forms, manipulations, raw
substances, oddities and multiple personalities. Treating forgotten objects and memories as
treasure, he creates a kingdom under which new life is born through sculpture. His Urban
Obsessions explore perceptions of identity, addiction, and time, and tangibly relate the past’s
and present’s ritualistic escape from stress, pain and love. Shapiro’s work, a laborious craft and
meditative consumption of time, transforms forgotten objects into nostalgically interesting and
beautiful relics that compel viewers to re-evaluate what our everyday possessions represent and
mean to us. Shapiro obtained a BFA from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University in 2003.
Contact Information

Andres Guerrero | guerrero@guerrerogallery.com

Guerrero Gallery Presents
Lucien Shapiro

September 14th – October 1st, 2013

Guerrero Gallery
2700 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 415.400.5168
http://guerrerogallery.com/

art blog - Lucien Shapiro - empty kingdom

To catch a sneak preview of what is instore for you check out The Mating Ritual a video shot by Reymundo Perez!

art blog - Lucien Shapiro - empty kingdom

art blog - Lucien Shapiro - empty kingdom

art blog - Lucien Shapiro - empty kingdom

art blog - Lucien Shapiro - empty kingdom

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