S.I.D. - Shepard Fairey & Dennis Morris @ Subliminal Projects (12.13)

December 05, 2013

SID - Superman Is Dead Exhibit - Shepard Fairey & Dennis Morris
SID: Superman Is Dead
A collaborative exhibition between Dennis Morris and Shepard Fairey
Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 8-11pm
Exhibition Dates: December 13 - January 11, 2014
Special opening night musical performance by RITCHIE LOVE featuring: Steve Jones, Billy Idol, Clem Burke, and Leigh Gorman ($10 suggested donation at the door)
This exhibition will open at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS on Friday the 13th and will feature collaborative paintings, prints and photographs by Shepard Fairey and British photographer Dennis Morris. An installation of a hotel room Sid destroyed after a night of drinks, drugs, and depression in 1977 will also be on view.
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The Sex Pistols changed my life when I discovered them as an early teen. Their music alone made my arm hairs stand up, but their image and attitude were just as important and powerful. The member of the Sex Pistols  who I was drawn to and most epitomized the punk image for me was Sid Vicious, with his spiked hair, leather jacket, lock necklace, and reckless behavior. At 14 I was mesmerized by Sid and made my first home-made tee-shirt of him snarling his lip defiantly. I was rebelling, looking for any way to irritate my parents and, before I knew better, Sid was my Superman. Sid self-destructed young and with punk's slogans like "No Future" and “Live Fast, Die Young," Sid was everything the Superman, anti-hero, or cliche, of a nihilistic movement called for. Sid didn’t really do much to shape punk music…he only actually played on two songs on Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. However, Sid's surly vocals kick ass on C'mon Everybody, Somethin'  Else, and My Way. Sid remains one of punk's most enduring icons even if he is a classic example of style over substance. I was a sucker for Sid's  image as a teenager, and I still am, even though I see him as less "cool" and more tragic and cautionary these days. I have made many images of Sid over the years, and I thought I had retired him as a subject until Dennis Morris-the photographer of the most intimate and iconic shots of Sid-approached me about a collaboration. Dennis's archive provided an amazing treasure trove of Sid images to work from in creating the paintings and prints in the "Superman Is Dead" show. I'm so glad I got to do Dennis's Sid images "My Way"! I can now retire Sid as a subject. I've worked with the best, I can skip the rest. - Shepard Fairey
Working from the title, S.I.D (Superman is Dead), these photographs sum up/represent the image Sid portrayed of himself to the public. He was hero, villain, fearless, innocent and like a supernova, he shone bright, lived fast, died young. Punk needed a hero, Sid became that hero / anti-hero. The idea for the exhibition came from a mutual admiration and respect of each other's work (for Shepard and I). When Shepard and I eventually met, the exhibition was born on that first meeting. It had to happen. And a happening it will be! 
- Dennis Morris
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SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS
1331 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026




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