Exhibition Dates: June 2nd – July 7th @ Bronson Bar
Opening Party: Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 @ Bronson Bar
8pm to 10pm
10pm to 2am
Curated By: Gizelle Digal
We in America think we got it all right… in my mind no one on this planet has it right… maybe Tesla did….
There are no two ways about it lets face it, the world hates us… there once was hunters and gathers, now there is producers and consumers… one cannot live with out the other, but one can… what are you?, a dependant?…
really,really, hate us…Murder is murder is murder is murder is murder is murder is murder is murder is murder is murder is,,, 1,500 @ the WTC=100,000+++ in the middle east murder is murder… Now this is the very beginning of the next Holy War, I do not suspect that it will last very long, maybe to December 21 or 22 of 2012. Then a spark of enlightenment will touch this world,,,…
The Status Faction tries to avoid logo spoofs for the most part, but this opportunity was too good to pass up. Follow the journey as TSF campaigns to jam Atlanta.
If you know Atlanta then you’ve seen their city seal.
The Atlanta city seal includes the Phoenix rising from its ashes, symbolic of the city’s rebuilding following its destruction during the Civil War. Two significant dates are outlined on the city seal: 1847 – the year the first city charter was established – and 1865 – the year after Atlanta burned at the hands of General Sherman, yet the same year, it rose from the ashes stronger than ever. On the seal is the word “RESURGENS” which is latin for “rising again”.
We’re pretty sure this seal has been graphically flipped more than a few times, but The Status Faction wanted to turn it completely inside out, both visually and textually. Our goal was to invert the meaning from ‘rising again’ to ‘revolting against’. We’re not clear if “INSURGENS” is proper latin, but it’s our spin on the english spelling “insurgence” meaning: the action or an instance of rebellion; an insurrection. That covered the typography of the city seal.
The second aspect was the rising phoenix, we replaced it with the skeleton of a bat.
In Western culture, the bat is often a symbol of the night and its foreboding nature. The bat is a primary animal associated with fictional characters of the night, both villains like Dracula and heroes like Batman. What could be a better creature to represent the nocturnal T$F rebels?!?!
At the beginning of Summer, 3RD1 and NOS head south to “The A” (nobody actually calls it Hotlanta). Our goal being to reproduce this graphic in monumental scale, and without asking permission. We find a prime spot along Atlanta’s Beltline, adjacent to the city’s newest skateboard park and along a highly trafficked pedestrian route.
Coincidently it’s right under what the city named the “FREEDOM PARKWAY BRIDGE”
T$F used house paint, foam brushes, and rollers for this project.
Always being one thing or another- we dealt with some light rain while painting in the dark.
Here’s the finished work:
We also added an enormous full spell out of “THE STATUS FACTION” letters, in case you can’t read.
However successful the work was, we didn’t stop there, we also cremated the city with 2,000 stickers for good measure.
Here are just a couple photos of that inclusion to the campaign (click to enlarge):
[Disclaimer: The Status Faction is aware of L.A.’s Insurgency Inc. and by no means are we intentionally stepping on their toes. We’ve met them on multiple occasions and it’s been a pleasure. In an effort to avoid confusion, we’ve kept our public display of “Insurgens” stickers in the state of Georgia. RESPECT!]
Rolled by the Lab Art show with the homie INEPT yesterday.
To our dismay this silly somebody thought it was a good idea to pull as many stickers off the streets and put them around his digitally printed paintings. Then put the work in an extravagant frame and price it at an astonishing $34,000!!!!
Never heard of the dude, but yo check this out- don’t fucking take T$F work off the street and then put it inside your gallery art. You’re A.) disrespecting The Status Faction, and B.) exploiting The Status Faction. We don’t know you and we didn’t give you our permission.
And on a side note- whats up with all the irony of these haters?! So many street artists talking shit about Mr. Brainwash but your art looks like his celebrity-ridden shit. You took the dudes recipe and dumbed it down even a step further. However the worst part of it all is you never put in a fraction of the grind MBW did.
If you wanna see how T$F collaborates with another gallery artist (Nate Frizzell) click HERE
Tonight go check out Nate Frizzell’s new show opening. He sold out his first two solo shows and we don’t expect anything less from our homeboy this round.
Asend on a mission to put up over 30,000 stickers this month.
We still love our iconic ‘THAT SHIT’S FRESH” and “THE STATUS FACTION” bills.
Good times with NOS and THIRD ONE. They kid about trying to burn each other. NOS was hating on his color palette, but both agreed that Rusto’s American Accent “Honey Wheat” was an ugly color to start with, but didn’t stop them from going thru near 10 cans of it.
Shit was pretty major and a great time, NOS went super tech and killed it with the Independent iron cross topper.
THIRD went for the creeper-style super spell out taking 3 panels instead of 2. It’s always challenging to go bigger than NOS, dude always goes so L A R G E!
(Click photos to enlarge)