prowler thief incendiary:
New paintings by craig sheperd
Opening Reception: Friday, October 20, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: Friday, November 10, 6-9pm
On view October 20 – November 10, 2017
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-3pm or by appointment
Argus Gallery: 1896 Niagara Street Buffalo, NY 14207
Buffalo, NY - Argus Gallery presents Prowler Thief Incendiary, an exhibition of recent paintings
by Buffalo based artist Craig Sheperd. Having previously only shown his work in nontraditional venues, this exhibition marks Sheperd’s entry into the traditional gallery setting. Over the years Sheperd has built up a strong underground following, through both his visual works and as a long- standing member of the hardcore punk scene.
This recent work revolves around fences and the psychology behind the commodification of security. For years the artist has documented various advertisements used by fence manufacturers and found that the graphics usually involved some use of fear or intimidation in its design. Sheperd plays on this manipulation as he creates large-scale reproductions of both these sign and print based advertisements.
Throughout years of analyzing the colors, graphics, and scare-tactics used in the fence advertising, Sheperd has come to the conclusion that there is a spectrum of emotion in response to fences, which can be both protective and restrictive. As he explains, “We are capable of finding peace within comfort and security, or madness with unwavering confinement”.
This exhibition illustrates these findings. Many of the paintings involve text taken from the original propaganda, which creates a feeling of vulnerability, even paranoia in the reader. Sheperd focuses on the attempt to create terror within the buyer, urging them to make themselves “safe” by purchasing these security products.