Instagram previews are awesome, but it’s always better to go see art in real life. Such was the case with last night’s opening of I Wish I Could Talk, the new solo show by San Franciscan (by way of France) multi-media artist, Superdeux. In his quiet-loud way, Seb took over the walls of The Peek Gallery. I’m certain that the bold graphic style and pop of color on his hand-screened panels was a welcome switch-up to the creatives and techies who patronize this “public living room”.
I Wish I Could Talk is on display inside one of San Francisco’s more interesting community spaces, The Summit. The cafe/bar/art gallery considers itself a “third space,” or in other words, a place away from home (First Space) and work (Second Space).
Third Spaces are “Anchors of Community Life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction.” Societies across the world have third spaces that manifest themselves as coffee houses, pubs, plazas, etc. The Summit is the ultimate Third Space.
The concept comes from the work of urban sociologist, Ray Oldenburg.
Seb’s work is a good match for The Summit. It’s very playful, and yet it proves that toys need not be articulated to have “interplay”.
Superdeux’s character, Moody, made appearances in both 2D and 3D. The panels were crisp and clean, and the resins looked shiny and awesome. Your perfect companion for when you need a hand? The one-of-a-kind clayboard panels are priced at $350, and the edition of ten 9-inch Moodys are priced at $700 each.
I Wish I Could Talk will be up at The Summit through September 29th. Click through for more photos from opening night, but if you’re in the Bay Area, I strongly suggest stopping in to see the art for yourself. As a bonus, the venue has comfortable seating, wi-fi, and a full menu (which includes a delicious GREEN soy matcha shake). I’ll definitely be back.