Tuesday, June 05, 2007
rigo23 has a new show at the luggage store.
each of the 8 large works on canvas relates to a historical event in local alternative activism.
rigo23 created zines ($3) for each piece.
the zines include a lot of source material and serve as well-documented alternative press primers on these selected events from the bay area's recent history. i found myself wanting them to also include a photocopy representation of the graphic work - maybe on the zine cover - but that is me.
rigo23's graphic style here is somewhat comic-newspaper.
he does a good job of rendering the characters so that they feel alive. the pencil work on canvas gives it a nice, personal, homemade feel.
lots of mustaches.
the work looks like it is based, in part, on photographs. i like the parts where he chose not to fill in all of the details.
the show is worth checking out in person. it runs through june 23 (i think).
i have more photos of the work in my slideshow.