High Priest: Working on My Shit

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High Priest

Working on My Shit

July 15 – 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, July 15 | 6-9PM

ArtHelix is pleased to present Working on My Shit, a solo exhibition of recent work by Curtis Andrews, on view July 15th – 31st, 2016. This exhibition is Andrews’ third ArtHelix project, and his first solo exhibition at the gallery. Please join us for an opening celebration on Friday, July 15th, from 6-9PM.

A self-taught artist and larger-than-life personality, Curtis Andrews is an illustrator whose artistic practice has grown out of his everyday experience and environment. His uniquely styled, cartoonish ink and marker drawings have developed from his employment as a security guard deterring shoplifters at various New York City art supply stores. Fellow employees encouraged his initial sketchings after noticing him trying to document the likeness of a shoplifter that escaped the store with stolen merchandise.

Andrews’ cartoons touch on a range of subject matter, from race and gender to politics and pop culture, typically with subtle dark undertones. His characters, often fictional or celebrity, subvert their normal personae with humorous brash commentary thought up by Andrews and written into each piece in word bubbles.

Andrews’ colorful and raw style glimpses an experience and creative process usually neglected in the art world, whether due to its difficult and subversive subject matter or its origin outside of the legitimizing mechanisms that the system prefers. ArtHelix is thrilled to help further expose these artists and artworks as part of our mission to reimagine culture within the art gallery model.

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