Looking forward to the Oakland premiere of “Dear Texas Highways” tomorrow night starting 6pm. The film is a photo narrative collaboration between myself and artist/writer Hal Lawrence and will be screened in the project room as part of the “Figurations” show at Loakal gallery in Oakland. Figurations will be featuring the fantastic artwork of Helen Bayly, John Felix Arnold III & James Swinson, and we’re honored to be a part of it.
If you’re in the Bay Area, come around in the evening and say hi.
Loakal — 550 2nd St Oakland, CA
Dear Texas Highways is black humor of the best kind. Shaun’s photography and sound design are the perfect complement to Hal Lawrence’s mad genius. Definitely recommended if you’re in the Bay Area.
Really thrilled to have contributed photos to a feature story on the front page of wired.com today.
Check out this excellent piece of reporting by Matt Simon of Wired.com on the oft misunderstood Salton Sea and its effect on the future of California.
I’ll be posting more images from the Salton Sea project next week.
Dope piece on Salton Sea. Been wanting to head out here forever.
And, for those who care about such things, here’s an interview that I did with buZ around that same time:
I hired out in ‘62 and didn’t start marking the cars until November ‘71. So that nine-year interim I was working various night jobs, and I had given up my idea on any kind of art, and had started reading novels like Vonnegut’s; all his greatest novels featuring his Kilgore Trout character—a writer that didn’t have readers, but he continued writing compulsively. I was also reading ‘Understanding Media’ by McLuhan, RD Laing’s ‘Politics of Experience,’ and those other heavy thinkers like Skinner and the conditioned response of his experiments and all that. So during all this time I had been in an afternoon job—it was one of the first times I’d had a regular daylight job—and most times I was working at night on switch engines and locals. So on this job I was working what they call the long field position, and I was down in the yard—the rail yard was downhill—and I had to keep the tracks from rolling out the north end so I had to keep the head brakes tied down on all the rails. So after I had that done, I was just laying down in amongst the cars to make certain they didn’t roll out. I had some free time so I decided to be a vandal myself, you know?
Show opening tonight @ 6pm - Should be dope.
To keep this Babylon Falling related here are two studio visits that Shaun Roberts and I did with Chris and Felix a few years ago.
David Young V & Babylon Falling x Emory Douglas
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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The community is the art gallery.
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to follow artist David Young V and Sean Stewart of Babylon Falling rolling through the Tenderloin in SF pasting up artwork as a tribute to the legendary Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party.
Sean was in town for a series of talks and booksignings to promote his book “On the Ground — An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press” and brought with him reproductions of a powerful piece Emory created for the back cover of the Black Panther Party Newspaper in the 60s.
This is the first of two photosets I will be posting from that night.
Emory gave us the go ahead to wheatpaste this image of his from the November 14, 1970 issue of The Black Panther. With not much time and not wanting to kill D Young V’s Kinkos connection we didn’t print up millions of them, but we were out late dodging hustles and hitting spots all over the Tenderloin. These are Shaun’s shots from the night. Do yourself a favor and follow him…the man never stops shooting so I know he has mad shit in store for his Tumblr.
By the way the image is also featured in full color on page 69 of my book and Spoke Art Gallery recently released a signed 18”x24” two color screen print of the same image. It’s in an edition of 100 and sells for $50 with the proper funds finding their way back into Emory’s hands. You can cop it here
Shouts to Ken and Sarah at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco for allowing me to hang a one night (01/13/12) show of sixties underground newspapers from my collection. Big up Kensey and Chris for helping to hang the show and love to everyone who came out, it was a fun night for sure.
All photos by the homie Shaun Roberts