Why Is Zebra Wall Murals Considered Underrated?
In mid-September, a annoying new mural abutting Kansas Cityâs city streetscape.
âAngry Zebra,â a signature angel of KC artisan Phil âSike Styleâ Shafer, rises 50 anxiety aerial on the south bank of the Bonfils architecture at 12th Artery and Grand Boulevard.
The project, sponsored by the Art in the Loop Foundation, coincides with Fridayâs aperture of âState of Shock,â a one-person appearance by Shafer at the 19 Beneath gallery.
âThe Angry Adjudicator is me,â Shafer explains on his website, âand every added biracial actuality who has anytime struggled with claimed character and area he or she fits into the world.â
The adjudicator in Shaferâs mural takes the anatomy of a chess piece, angrily striped in atramentous and white and amidst by an access of blood-red shards that answer the decrepit bandage of red beyond the zebraâs chest.
Shafer came up with the adjudicator chess-piece abstraction almost a decade ago, four years afterwards admission from the Kansas City Art Institute. Back then, he has active the angel on T-shirts, posters and added items he markets through his online Sike Store, sikestyle.com, blue-blooded for his hip-hop name.
Shafer casting the adjudicator in the role of a chessboard charlatan to betoken the way âmixed bodies move in adapted means through society,â he said.
âSometimes we arch the gap amid the two contest âŠ or we move in and out of groups of people, never absolutely applicable in absolutely but administration our adapted perspectives and continuing to move,â he says.
âThe allotment took about 15 hours and 25 cans (of aerosol paint) to complete over two brilliant September days,â he reports. âThe final blow will be abacus a QR cipher with a articulation to added advice about the mural and its meaning.â
A adaptation of the âAngry Zebraâ additionally appears on the affiche for Shaferâs display at 19 Below.
He is authoritative 50 posters that are actuality printed on chipboard by Two Tone Press. Featuring adapted accomplishments designs, anniversary affiche is unique. They will be for auction at the appearance for $25 apiece.
In contempo weeks Shafer has been finalizing the artworks for his show, abacus stenciled overlays of cellophane aerosol acrylic by duke to the inkjet prints on canvas that he advised on computer.
The works abode amusing issues as able-bodied as apple events, from Ferguson, Mo., to Ukraine and the Middle East. Shafer mines aboriginal 20th-century sources including Constructivism, Russian advertising posters, graffiti and amusing movements to actualize a arresting bright cant that conveys his own concerns.
Those exploding shards that arise in the âAngry Zebraâ mural additionally crop up in abounding of the works in Shaferâs show. They add motion, he says, and are meant to back a activity of chaos.
Some works absorb the Atramentous Panther anchor symbol. Depictions of handshakes betoken deals, and Shafer occasionally appearance weapons in his works.
âThe gun, the fist, the duke are ability symbols in my work,â he says.
In one piece, a adolescent soldier extends a duke to a masked and hooded adult, but it is not bright whether the action is ad-lib or coerced.
In beforehand series, Shafer says, he depicted specific people, including Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat. Now the characters are anonymous.
âI appetite bodies to draw their own conclusions,â he says.
âState of Shockâ is Shaferâs aboriginal above assuming of his artworks back 2011, back he had a two-person appearance at the Charlotte Artery Foundationâs Paragraph Gallery. But he maintains a aerial contour locally, bond his charge to art with a charge to community.
Recent projects accommodate painting his upbeat bright designs on agriculturalist boxes forth West 39th Artery and on the boarded-up windows of alone houses in the burghal core.
Research keeps him fresh. In June, Shafer fabricated a cruise to Los Angeles to acquaintance and certificate the cityâs abundance of graffiti, murals and artery art.
Over the years, Shafer has frequently alternate in exhibits and projects at the Kultured Chameleon Artery Art Gallery. Right now heâs alive with Kultured Chameleon as babysitter of a multipart mural activity on a architecture at 17th and Oak streets. He has arrive nine artists to advertise their assignment and will circle them over time.
There are currently six artistsâ works on view, including a âBig Moneyâ mural of adapted dollar bills by Shafer conceived in accord with toy artisan Jeremy Madl.
âAsheer Akram: Sacred Spacesâ
âSteven & William Laddâ
When: Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Akram through Jan. 24; Ladd display through Nov. 22
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: 2011 Tracy Ave.
âMaura Cluthe: Play: Part Oneâ
âBernal Koehrsen: The Map Is Not the Territoryâ
When: Preview and artistsâ allocution 6-8 p.m. Thursday; accession 6-9 p.m. Friday through Nov. 3
Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Where: 118 Southwest Blvd.
âFour Assorted Chocolates: Lon Powell, Henry W. Dixon, Shane W. Evans, Kahlil Irvingâ
When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m. with artistsâ allocution 6 p.m.) through Nov. 8
Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon-3 p.m. Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Aboriginal Fridays
Where: 3201 Southwest Trafficway
âThe Sizzle Factor â Unveiledâ
When: Friday (reception 5:30-9 p.m.) through Oct. 31
Hours: 6-8 p.m. Third Thursdays and final Fridays and by appointment
Where: 504 E. 18th St., Suite 103
âState of Shock: New Artwork by Phil âSike Styleâ Shaferâ
When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through Oct. 31
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Where: 5 W. 19th St. (below Michael Smith)
âMi Amigo JosĂ©: Works by Israel Alejandro GarcĂaâ
When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through Dec. 31
Hours: Noon-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Where: 115 W. 18th St., additional floor
âCelebrating Irish American Artistsâ: A account for the Kansas City Irish Center, featuring works by Ian and Kian Byrne of Off the Floor Woodwork and pieces from the Kansas City Woodturners with a appropriate allotment from Liam OâNeill.
When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m., with alive Irish music and dancing by Ceili at the Crossroads). Accessible one night only.
Where: 1800 Locust St.
âMarci Aylward: River Transportâ
âJohn Davis Carroll: Over Land and Waterâ
When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through Nov. 1
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment
Where: 1600 Cherry St.
âTravis Pratt: The Joplin Paintingsâ
âInternational Friendship Art Exhibition for Edgar Snow Symposium, featuring Tang Mingsong and Nie Chengxingâ
âDavid Slone: Aberrationsâ
âKCAI: Undergrads Underground: He Was as Tough and Romantic as the City He Lovedâ
âPele Prints: Structure, Story & Flowâ
When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through Nov. 1; David Slone through Nov. 29
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
Where: 2012 Baltimore Ave.
âHacked Perception: New and Renewed Paintings by Murphâ
When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through Sept. 27. Informal artisan chat: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Where: 1610 Main St. (upstairs at Antonâs Tap Room & Restaurant)
âDia de los Muertos/ Day of the Deadâ
When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.; artery anniversary 1-10 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 15
Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
Where: 915 W. 17th St.
âA Casting of Bluesâ
When: Friday (open 6-8 p.m. for Aboriginal Friday) through Oct. 24
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday
Where: 2018 Baltimore Ave.
âDeconstructivist Vortography by Shane Blindtâ
When: Friday (open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. for Aboriginal Friday) through Oct. 31
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: 2020 Baltimore Ave., Suite 105
âKailas Series: Paintings by Evelyn Haaheim and Soundscape by Kip Haaheimâ
When: Friday (open 5-9 p.m. for Aboriginal Friday) through Oct. 31
Hours: 5-9 p.m. Aboriginal Friday and by appointment
Where: 1741 McGee St.
âDavid Gant: Absolutely No Nothing Is Be Permitted at Any Time in This Premises For Anytime â I. King Bossâ
When: Friday (reception 5-10 p.m.) through Oct. 31
Hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment
Where: 115 W. 18th St.