July 16, 2024


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Juxtapoz Magazine – Gregory Rick’s “Party at Megiddo” @ BEYOND THE STREETS, Los Angeles

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Juxtapoz Magazine – Gregory Rick’s “Party at Megiddo” @ BEYOND THE STREETS, Los Angeles

Beyond THE STREETS is delighted to announce Occasion at Megiddo, the LA solo debut from Oakland-dependent visual artist Gregory Rick. A  recipient of SFMOMA’s 2022 SECA Art Award, new graduate of Stanford University’s MFA artwork exercise method, and participant in Further than THE STREETS’ inaugural Post Graffiti exhibition, Rick will showcase a new selection of do the job that builds on the style of background portray, describing his artwork as discovering “the recognized, the obscure, and the neglected”, when questioning the who’s and why’s of background.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rick’s operate is encouraged by personalized experiences, but is not totally individual. It tells tales that replicate his lifestyle as it relates to a dialogue with the broader planet. Wherever fantasy presents voice to the underbelly, the lumpen in tandem exhibiting the familiar and grandiose. His function tethers collectively seemingly opposing tips concerning the particular, the historical and the political. 

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

Juxtapoz Magazine – Gregory Rick’s “Party at Megiddo” @ BEYOND THE STREETS, Los Angeles

The title for Rick’s exhibit combines two words that look inextricably opposing however cemented in cognitive dissonance. Megiddo is a reference to the fight of Armageddon, getting the metropolis in which the good previous struggle was prophesied to arise. It references a celebration at the last fight of humanity, questioning the unsure times we live in, in which we quickly feed the hearth of the anthropocene, on cruise command in the speedy lane to extinction with these kinds of reckless ferocity it practically looks as if we are celebrating our own demise. The exhibition has several responses but alternatively demonstrates and fosters many thoughts as Rick ponders a very important portion of this modern second.

Rick’s fondness for art started all-around the time his father was sentenced to jail for manslaughter. It served as each a indicates of attaining agency in a chaotic childhood – as just one has control of the narrative in one’s own images – and as a relationship with his father as a result of the meticulous copying of illustrations from an outdated navy encyclopedia that he still left at the rear of in advance of becoming incarcerated. When educational facilities in his spot stopped supplying artwork lessons, Rick grew to become infatuated with the artwork that was conveniently readily available, which was graffiti. He would dedicate his life to deciphering the cryptic language, which led to problems with the law, such as fees that were ultimately cleared immediately 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. 

After his enlistment expression was up, Rick identified it really hard to change again to his old everyday living and in the long run discovered himself homeless and battling with a variety of issues. He nevertheless carried close to pen and paper and would draw for the identical reasons that determined him in his youth. During this seminal level in his existence, he sought assistance from the community Veterans Affairs business office, wherever art became a significant facet of his restoration.

“Gregory Rick’s get the job done speaks about electricity and anguish, good and evil. About resiliency. He contextualizes these narratives by mining the complexities of our collective earlier and sharing views generally omitted in historic accounts. His potential to shine a gentle on the oppressed and neglected is a triumph that we’re very pleased and excited to share with Los Angeles,” claims gallery director Dante Parel. 

Beyond THE STREETS Gallery
434 N La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036

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