(Nasty Neck Face - “NO MERCY FOR THE WEAK” @ New Image Art gallery. September 7th, 2013 )
Last week I attended the opening reception for Street artist Neck Face’s gallery exhibition entitled, "NO MERCY FOR THE WEAK" at New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, California. The exhibit consisted of Neck Face’s grandeur application of his art to the walls of the gallery à la his street style, and the release of two new prints by this elusive street artist. The original art to the prints was also displayed in the exhibition. Neck Face’s - “Drink About It,” a 16x20 inch print which was my favorite, and “Your Last Post” where the newest prints created at Poster Child Prints (PCP) for release. I did not partake in Neck Face’s exhibit the previous year, also held at New Image Art gallery. Viewing opening reception images from last years exhibit I was compelled to attend "NO MERCY FOR THE WEAK" on September 7th, 2013. Promotion was a plenty for this exhibit and I was able to preview many images via the internet prior to attending. That prepared me for what I knew would be an intense show to view in person.
(Neck Face - “YOUR LAST POST” 18x24in. limited edition Seven-Color Hand Pulled Silk Screen, edition 75 printed @ Poster Child Prints)
Walking up to the gallery I began to see the large crowd of art goers loitering outside the gallery, not knowing they were just trying to escape the heat inside the gallery. I was already preparing myself not to make it in the gallery due to capacity. Luckily, once I excused and squeezed myself enough to get to the door I made it in. With bottles breaking and the D.J. spinning Heavy Metal tunes, I knew I was definitely in Nasty Neck Face’s turf.
Inside the crowded gallery I was instantly hit with intense stifling heat and the aroma of scorched spilled beer. Intended or not, the temperature in the gallery that night gave the perception of actually visiting Satan’s art gallery/sauna. It was Great! Exactly how I imagined a Neck Face show would look, smell and sound like. Never have I sweat so much from just enjoying art and taking pictures.
(TOP: Neck Face tag inside New Image Art gallery)
(Bottom: “NO MERCY FOR THE WEAK”, Neck Face T-shirt)
In the controlled chaos of "NO MERCY FOR THE WEAK" exhibition, I was able to capture some great images of the prints and the artwork created on the walls of New Image Art gallery.
I was able to congratulate Neck Face on his show, I bought a T-shirt, wanted a print. I had him sign the bag the shirt it came in, I will eventually will wear the T-shirt and I would not want to harm Neck’s tag for fashion.
Awesome show Neck Face and New Image Art Gallery!
(Neck Face applied pattern to gallery walls)
Exhibition ends September 21st
@ New Image Art Gallery
7920 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Neck Face - “Drink About It” and “Your Last Post” Hand Pulled Silk Screened prints available @ Poster Child Prints (PCP)
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