ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND
Return of the Litvak
August 25–September 15, 2018
OPENING DAY 1: Friday, August 24, 7–10 pm - Live T-Shirt Screen Printing. $5 bring your own shirt (new or old), $10 buy ours, Get Out The Vote Registration Drive
OPENING DAY 2 : Friday, August 24, 7–10 pm - Live Painting by ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND
ARTIST TALK: Thursday, September 13, 7 pm
DORF Presents New Work by Street Artist ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND
Ubiquitous Austin street artist takes over the gallery and grounds with an immersive installation featuring his iconic angry clouds
Austin, TEXAS – Following a successful inaugural exhibition, DORF presents Return of the Litvak, a selection of new work by Austin-based street artist ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND, and a concurrent fundraiser for the Beto O’Rourke campaign for U.S. Senate. ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND, a prolific street artist, has showered Austin with his signature clouds for the past few years; making them is a cathartic expression for him that reclaims public spaces from pervasive, bland development. The artist often paints his imagery directly onto cut-out, repurposed cardboard and wood, attaching them to street poles, signage, highway overpasses, and overlooked urban spaces. His characters appear to react to the surrounding chaos and noise and incorporate intriguing wordplay that calls into question systems of power.
For this show, ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND draws parallels between atrocious human conflicts of the past century and today's political climate. What happens to societies that propagate and encourage ideas of fear and divisiveness? Is hate for the “other” a phenomenon innate in human nature, or a wave of madness that overtakes societies that choose not to condemn hate? What do the artist’s personal actions, past and present, reveal regarding these questions?
Tying into the political themes of this work, the two-day opening will also be a fundraiser for the Beto O'Rourke campaign, with an emphasis on Get Out The Vote and voter registration.