Over and above THE STREETS is pleased to announce Social gathering at Megiddo, the LA solo debut from Oakland-based mostly visible artist Gregory Rick. A  recipient of SF MOMA’s 2022 SECA Art Award, recent graduate of Stanford University’s MFA art practice program, and participant in Further than THE STREETS’ inaugural Post Graffiti exhibition, Rick will showcase a new selection of work that builds on the style of historical past portray, describing his art as checking out “the identified, the obscure, and the forgotten”, when questioning the who’s and why’s of background.

A indigenous of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rick’s perform is encouraged by own experiences, but is not completely private. It tells stories that mirror his daily life as it relates to a dialogue with the broader entire world. The place fantasy provides voice to the underbelly, the lumpen in tandem exhibiting the common and grandiose. His perform tethers with each other seemingly opposing suggestions amongst the particular, the historic and the political. 

“I’m painting on a shaky historical line cemented in humility and conviction. I occupy my shots with figures who serve as archetypes in conjunction with memory and self-exploration reflecting on the absurdness and monumentality of history,” Rick shares.

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The title for Rick’s show combines two terms that look inextricably opposing however cemented in cognitive dissonance. Megiddo is a reference to the fight of Armageddon, getting the metropolis in which the great past battle was prophesied to come about. It references a social gathering at the closing fight of humanity, questioning the uncertain occasions we dwell in, the place we rapidly feed the hearth of the anthropocene, on cruise manage in the quickly lane to extinction with this kind of reckless ferocity it almost would seem as if we are celebrating our very own demise. The exhibition has number of solutions but instead demonstrates and fosters lots of questions as Rick ponders a crucial component of this modern day instant.

Rick’s fondness for art began about the time his father was sentenced to jail for manslaughter. It served as both a signifies of getting agency in a chaotic childhood – as one has manage of the narrative in one’s personal photos – and as a relationship with his father by means of the meticulous copying of illustrations from an old military encyclopedia that he remaining at the rear of before becoming incarcerated. When schools in his location stopped supplying art lessons, Rick turned infatuated with the art that was easily offered, which was graffiti. He would devote his lifetime to deciphering the cryptic language, which led to difficulty with the law, such as fees that have been eventually cleared soon after Rick enlisted in the Army. There he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, with whom he fought in Iraq from 2005 to 2006. 

Immediately after his enlistment term was up, Rick identified it really hard to modify back to his outdated life and in the long run discovered himself homeless and having difficulties with a range of difficulties. He however carried about pen and paper and would draw for the very same motives that motivated him in his youth. In the course of this seminal position in his lifestyle, he sought assist from the neighborhood Veterans Affairs workplace, where by artwork became a critical component of his recovery.

“Gregory Rick’s work speaks about electric power and anguish, fantastic and evil. About resiliency. He contextualizes these narratives by mining the complexities of our collective earlier and sharing perspectives usually omitted in historic accounts. His ability to glow a light-weight on the oppressed and overlooked is a triumph that we’re very pleased and excited to share with Los Angeles,” suggests gallery director Dante Parel. 

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