Recap: Todd James' "King of The Wild Frontier" at the Gering & Lopez Gallery

By - Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Todd James started painting very young, adding color to the New York City subway under the pseudonym Reas. He went on to designing album covers and logos working with artists such as the Beastie Boys, Eminem and Mobb Deep. He is recognizable for his distinct cartoon-style and sharp irony and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. From March 1st to April 21st, Gering & Lopez Gallery is showing Todd James’ most recent work “King of the Wild Frontier”. James’ art matured over the years as he recently transitioned from painting on paper to canvas. The first part of the exhibit consists of the artists’ colorful abstract paintings; from Somali pirates lounging on beaches casually carrying kalashnikovs to naked women smoking cigarettes and petting crazed cats. He challenges the notions of good and bad, blurring the border between right and wrong in many of his pieces. In the second part of the exhibition, Reas goes back to his graffiti roots with “Vandal’s Bedroom”. The installation was first shown in MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” in LA about a year ago. The bedroom is cluttered with graffiti, spray paint cans and garbage representing pretty accurately the bedroom of a graffiti-obsessed teenager. Todd James “King Of The Wild Frontier” March 1st – April 21st. Gering & Lopez Gallery 730 5th Avenue #606 (57th street) New York, NY 10019 Text: Lydia C Video: Complex

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