Axel Void – Nobody @ Athen B. Gallery
Axel Void’s solo show ‘Nobody’, presented by Athen B. Gallery through June 3rd, 2016 in a pop-up space (222 Broadway St. in Downtown Oakland, CA), features the documentary film with the same title, a bust, and a series of paintings that portray the life of Alvie Morris. The exhibition is based on a personal experience of the artist and is a homage to mundanity and quotidian life, a main theme in his work.
The story starts a few years ago, when Axel Void painted a mural in Atlanta using a random portrait image found on the internet as reference: “I received an email from a man claiming to be the subject of the original photo months later, after the wall had been published in a magazine. A woman had recognized the likeness of her brother, Alvie. This was Alvie Morris, the person I had painted. Alvie and I kept in touch, and together thought of making a film about him.”
Alvie Morris was born on October 2nd, 1970 in Tulare, the middle of California’s Central Valley, the son of a non-religious, alcoholic farmer, and a devout Jehovah’s Witness housewife. He moved to San Francisco when he was 24, and like his father, Alvie struggled with alcohol. For the past 6 years he has been sober, and spends most of his time playing music, practicing photography, working at a butcher shop, and taking care of his niece, Zoe, the center of his world.
The paintings capture this ordinary universe, the world of nobody, and highlight various memories of Alvie, while the bust, usually dedicated to famous people, is a key symbol to transfer that importance towards celebrating everyday life and giving a voice to the people and stories that grow near us and sometimes become our own or part of a reality much closer to us than the fabricated ones we see on the screens, often out of reach and less likely to interact with.
Visiting schedule: Doors open at 7pm, Film starts at 8pm. Open: 5/28 – Saturday, 6/2 – Thursday and 6/4 – Saturday.
Update: full movie here.
About the gallery
A curatorial focus on process and crosspollination, Athen B. aims to exhibit unique process driven exhibitions by collaborating artists from different areas. From Urban to Contemporary, our project is dedicated to representing the best of our Bay Area community and our extended family abroad through exhibitions on our walls and the walls of the neighborhood.
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