July 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
AS220 Black Box
95 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
Please join us at Providence’s AS220 Sunday July 15th for WHO AM I? (if i’m not myself) ,
a series of short films from American freaks, villains, and outsiders reflecting on the current state of subversive communities and the importance of artistic expression as dissidence in today’s social climate- featuring new work from
Anarchist -Art collective INDECLINE
, freight train traveling artist SWAMPY
, and Andrew H. Shirley’s existential graffiti-strewn fantasy WASTEDLAND 2
Additional films by: ADAM VOID (Black Mtn, NC), AMANDA WONG (DF), AMY FISHER-PRICE (Detroit), ANDREW STORRS (Joshua Tree), ANDREW PONEROS (NYC), BAST (NYC), BREANNA PENNEY (Portland, Me), CHRISTOPH GELFAND (Portland, Me), COUNT MACK (Detroit), DESTINY MATA (NYC), DON PABLO PEDRO (L.A.), DYLAN THADANI (Washington D.C.), FAYTHE LEVINE (Sheboygan), FREED (KCMO), HAMTRAMCK CERAMCK (Detroit), HEATHER BENJAMIN (Providence), JIZZY CREAMS (L.A.), LEILA JARMAN (L.A.), NOXER (NYC), OREN GOLDENBERG (Detroit), PAUL JOHNSON (Detroit), RAP GANG (NYC), RYAN MARSHALL (Portland, Me), SARAH SWILLUM (Athens, Ga), SHEA COTE, VEKS (USA), XARA THRUSTRA, XAVIER VEAL (NYC), YOU GO GIRL (NOLA), and more.
FILM: Wastedland 2 (30 min/ color/ 2016) is an existential fantasy follows three solitary vandals (played by actual graffiti writers themselves- Wolftits, Avoid, and Smells) who cross paths while searching for the meaning of a trail of enigmatic artworks left behind by UFO 907, another nomadic artist. Roaming from one decaying zone to the next in a never-ending search for beer, weed, and a wall to paint, the vandals form a pact to find UFO and attain the answer to their unanimous question of their futility- “what’s the point?”
Wastedland 2 spent the past year touring across the U.S., in galleries, backyards, art and music festivals, illicit screenings under bridges and in freight train yards, and mystical happenings in the desert- sharing the work in over 50 destinations and with thousands of audience members. Each event included new artists and material specific to each location transforming spaces into a three-dimensional post-apocalyptic graffiti wonderland. Here questions of fate and self collided with graffiti folk lore through wordplay, sculpture, artifacts, and characters – all centered around thematics from the film- created by Shirley, his actors and members of the notorious Brooklyn based 907 graffiti crew. This environment allows the viewer to enter the psychology of the narrative, to identify and ultimately re-define the way one traditionally engages with film and artwork.
Andrew H. Shirley (The Superior Bugout) finds an obsession in living experimentation through a miscreant lifestyle detached from material pop culture. His multi disciplinary work has appeared in PS 1, MOCA, Museum of Sex, and films have screened at festivals in over 300 cities worldwide. As a social architect, he has curated the underground into public events from institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music to a secret tree house art gallery he built in upstate NY. Though primarily nomadic, he sometimes resides outside of Kingston, NY.