Nightmare’s by SDS Crew
August 14th through September 7th
Curated By: Lorenzo Talcott
New collaboration work by Michael Roy Birdcap and Casey Kawaguchi
Born and raised in Mississippi and now resides in Memphis Tennessee. The artist known as Birdcap has fascinated us with his colorful hand styles of characters and murals across the urban walls of Denver and many other metropolitan cities across the United states. Graduating in 2009 with a BFA in studio arts, at Memphis College of Art, Memphis TN. Birdcaps long and accomplished resume of festivals, exhibitions, commissioned mural projects and canvas work has led him to become a multifaceted contemporary artist. Birdcap is an illustrator, designer, muralist, toy designer and comic book creator.
As you move throughout Denver you might get the feeling you are being watched – by a Japanese warrior woman, almost always in red, white, and black. She peeks around columns under highways and peers down from warehouse walls. Do not be alarmed; her creator Casey Kawaguchi, a self-taught street artist who works entirely freehand and has been evolving his nameless character for over a decade, says the battle is with him.
During this critical time that we are living in Michael Roy and Casey Kawaguchi are presenting work based around nightmares. The world can seem like a perpetual one in moments like this, and to be honest we are tired. I read the news every morning, Michael states. By lunch time, I have read my friends assertions on what we need to do better and what people sympathetic to our beliefs are doing wrong. At night I talk to my family members and see what the next empty discovery at a hospital has resulted in. In those in between moments I lose time as my mind drifts from the worries of the news.
It is hard to make work unaffected by the day. This show is about acknowledging that a good night’s sleep has been long interrupted.
This body of work is heavily indebted to the Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi and contains an exclusive collection of 3 prints. His many works on the topic of nightmares in the personal and political realm became a crucial jumping off point for the pieces in the show.