The Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery, located in San Francisco, have announced the debut United States solo show by German street artist 1010 (pronounced ten-ten) titled Limbus. The solo show at the Hashimoto Contemporary (that has hosted previous shows by artists such as Erik Jones whom you can read about in the article about his exhibition Motion and the colourful show by Scott Scheidly titled The Pinks 2) will see Hamburg based 1010 present a new body of works on paper and panels along with new indoor and outdoor murals in the greater San Francisco Bay Area that further push the limits of his eye catching and mind expanding ‘portals’ and invites the public to explore art beyond the confines of the gallery space.
German street artist (check out the Widewalls list of 10 German street and urban artists) 1010 (take a look at the 1010 Print Release: Abyss 49) has become well known for his eye catching ‘portal’ designs that play on the eye and the mind, creating optical illusions on a grand scale (read the Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings article about one of the masters of creating optical art, Bridget Riley or check the work of Levalet in this Levalet: Bagages article that uses optical illusions in a different way) that turn the sides of flat buildings into an abyss that one could simply walk into as the layers of colour and carefully constructed shadows vanish into a dark centre that hypnotically draw you in (explore the mind blowing optical illusions of Julie Oppermann in this The Intense Afterimage article). On large mural work, street artist 1010 works out from the dark centres of his images, layer by layer, finally reaching the lightest shades of colour on the perimeters of his creations creating magnificent shapes that burrow their way into the sides of buildings creating mystery in the urban areas they populate.
The title of the solo show by 1010 at Hashimoto Contemporary, Limbus, comes from the Latin meaning of edge or border and is often used to describe the border of the cornea and the sclera (the white of the eye) and its use in this case is appropriate as the artist explores, through his work, ideas about our automated perceptions of the world around us, how we look at objects everyday but don’t actually see them, by creating his portals he engages the viewer to take a second look and explore their surroundings (take a look at the fun work of Aakash Nihalani in this Aakash Nihalani: Landline article that likes to trick the eye). The gallery works in the 1010 solo show Limbus, sees the artist exploring smaller but similar ideas by hand painting layers of cut paper and delicately adding the shadows to each layer creating a more intimate version of the portals that will perhaps allow you to peek into a parallel universe on the other side of the gallery wall (check out some more 1010 in this Hamburg Urban Art Hub – Knotenpunkt article).
Limbus by 1010 opens at Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco on 7th February, 2015 and runs through until 28th February, 2015. Opening reception,Saturday 7th February, 2015. 6pm-10pm.
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All images courtesy of Hashimoto Contemporary and 1010.