Lucien Shapiro

Dancing between life and death, Lucien Shapiro’s art is rife with found objects, textures, cast forms, manipulations, raw substances, oddities and multiple personalities. Treating forgotten objects and memories as treasure, he creates a kingdom under which new life is born through sculpture. Urban Obsessions explores both artist’s and viewer’s perception of identity, addiction, and time.

Composed of elaborately constructed masks and ornately armored weaponry, this collection of works examines a relationship between modern waste and memories of ancient cultural artifacts. Practices and customs from the past are brought back to light through Shapiro’s revival of discarded materials, transformed into objects analogous with self protection. Behind masks and armor, we’re enabled with the power to separate and shield ourselves from reality, creating new identities through a deliberate opposition of our true selves. Urban Obsessions tangibly relates the past’s and present’s ritualistic escape from stress, pain and even love.

Utilizing raw materials correlated to various forms of addiction such as drugs, violence, and collections, Shapiro’s sculptures embody the act of compulsive preoccupation. Through his own addiction to the process of painstaking repetition and meticulousness of his craft, we are presented with works that challenge preconceived notions of habits, impulses, and dependencies. Evident in his art is an acceptance of whatever result would come from the consolidation and manipulation of numerous imperfections.

In today’s day and age, the ease at which information and products are made available has led to a continual state of over-consumption. Everyday items have become neglectfully disposable, and there is an immediate desire for what’s new and what’s next. Shapiro’s work, a laborious craft and meditative consumption of time, transforms forgotten objects into nostalgically interesting and beautiful relics that compel viewers to re-evaluate what our everyday possessions represent and mean to us. Lucien Shapiro invites us to slow down, to not only gain appreciation for the artifacts that tell a story about who we are in this day and age, but to find inspiration in the value of time and craft.

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2016
Hashimoto Contemporary “Anew” SF

2014
CES Gallery Project Room “The Wore,” LA

2013
Guerrero Gallery Project Room “Vessel,” SF

2012
Cassel Gallery –“Relics of the New World,” SF

Group Exhibitions

2015

Subliminal Projects “A Primitive Future” LA
Kaaboo “ Spider in the Belly of the Goat Installation” SD
Full Circle “RVCA Window Installation and Performance” SF
Coachella “GLK Experience Live stage Performance” Coachella
Hashimoto Contemporary “Summer Group Show” SF
Lazarides Edition Series “Hand Made in Retail Space” London
Fecal Face Gallery “Six Degrees” SF
Modern Edan Gallery “Platinum Cheese Curated Show” SF
Hashimoto Contemporary “Supersonic Electronic Invitational” SF
Jonathan Levine “The Winter Mitten Society” NYC

2014

Jonathan Levine “The Winter Mitten Society” NYC
Yves Laroche Gallery ”Egregore” Montreal
Incline Gallery “Ascension” SF
Guerrero Gallery, “Home At Last” SF
New Image Gallery, “Natural Balance” LA
Bedford Gallery, “Skull Show” WC
111 Minna Gallery, “EK Summer” SF
Olive Hyde Gallery, “Decked Out” Fremont
Compound Project, “Two” Malibu
Ever Gold, “5 year Anniversary” SF
Varnish, “LA Art Show Fair” LA

2013
111 Minna “Fabulous 50”, SF, May
Varnish Fine Art, “10 yr Anniversary” SF, April
This Los Angeles, “These Friends”. LA, April
Bold Hype New York, April
Known Gallery Los Angeles, Feb
Gildar Gallery “Group Show Vol. 3′′, Denver, Jan

2012

Guerrero Gallery “Winter Group Show”, SF, Dec
Wonderland SF “Supernatural”, SF, Nov
Lequivive “As show of Heads” Oak. Oct
Zero Friends- “Group Show Oakland, July
Varnish Fine Art- “The Have and Have Not” SF, Apr
5 Claude Ln –“Days To Come” SF, March

2011

Cassel-”American Made” SF, Dec
Million Fishes-”Swampy” SF, Nov
Collaborate- “Monsters” Oak, Oct
Wonderland-”Majesty” SF, Sept
Flag Stop- “One Hour now Go” LA, Sept
Cassel Gallery – “Postive Negative” SF, May
Dragatomi- ” Big Trouble in Little China” Sac, April

2010

Lukas Studio-“Virtuoso” SF, Dec
Anno Domini – “Fresh Produce” SJ, Dec
Million Fishes,-“Little Monsters” SF, Nov
Million Fishes- “Beast” SF, Oct
R & R Gallery-“Dance magic Dance” LA, July
Swee(t)art Gallery -“Protoform” Oakland, June
Wes Smoot Annex – “Turkana Window” Oakland, April-June
The Hive –“Alice in Wonderland” LA, March

2009

Lukas Studio-“Guardian” SF, Dec.
All the Right Gallery-“Roll” NY, Nov
Million Fishes Gallery-“Blamo” SF, Nov
Space Gallery-“Bazookos Circus” SF, July
Lukas Studio- “Iconic Interpretations” SF, May

2008

Varnish Gallery- “Crom” SF, Nov
On Six Gallery-“Night of the Treeple” SF, Oct
Remy’s on Temple-“Bang Fully Loaded” LA, June
Amuse Gallery- “Wicked” SF, Feb
Gallery AD- “Fresh Produce” San Jose, Jan

2007

Strychnin – “12xmas” London, Dec
Strychnin- “12xmas” Berlin, Dec
Ghetto Gloss – “In the Mix” LA, Dec
The Hive – “Torn Pieces” LA, Oct
Dash Gallery-“mixed proportions” NJ, Sept
Golen Gallery –“Group Exhibition” Miami, Sept
Melting Point –“Inner Workings” SF, July
Musee 16- “Sometimes Underground” Portland, June
Best of the Bay, SF, June
Mina Dresden -“Dream Girls” SF, April
Cachi Gallery- “Monkey Killing Monkey” SF, Feb

2006

Gallery AD- “Fresh Produce” San Jose, Dec
Gallery AD- “Collabro” San Jose, Sept
Project gallery- “The Bay to LA” Venice Beach, Aug
Hangar 1018- “The Max” LA, May
Eslite Vision Artspace- “X-funs Toy Show” Taipei, May
Dashboard- “Lights out” SF, May
Hive – “May group show” LA, May
Boontling gallery- “Headache” Oakland, April
Hive- “April group show” LA, April
Subjectmatter- “Day late Dallar Shore” Costa Mesa, Feb

2005

Gallery AD – “Fresh Produce” San Jose, Dec
SubmergeLosAngeles LA, Dec.
Di Rosa Preserve – “All Family Show” Napa, Nov
The show room “PUNKS RULE NYC” NYC, Oct
Toy Room – “Exquisite Corpse “ Sac, Oct
Red Ink- “Labryinth” SF, Sept
Design Center Arts Fest, SF, May
Gallery 1 – “Group Exhibition” SF, June
The Rhys Gallery “Paper Show” Boston, May
Varnish-“Yoohoo & Donuts” SF, April
Anno Domini- “One World” San Jose, Feb

2004

Anno Domini- “Fresh Produce” San Jose, Dec
Art S.F.-“Group Show” SF, Nov
The Canvas Gallery-“Group Show” SF, Nov
On Six Gallery-“Group Show” SF, Oct
Start Soma SF, Aug
111 Minna Gallery SF, July
The Canvas Gallery SF, July
MF Gallery NY, June
Balazo Gallery SF, Feb

2003

52 Mason-S.F. Balazo Gallery SF
Start Soma SF
AAC Gallery SF
Villains-“Guns for Money” SF
AAC-“Winter Show” 3rd place SF

2002

Container 306 – Oakland, Feb
Published Works
Rogue Habits, Feature and Interview, Oct 2014
Juxtapoz Magazine, Studio Feature, Sept 2014
Empty Kingdom, Interview, July 2014
Super Sonic Electronic, Interview, March 2014
Beautiful Decay, Feature, January 2014
Juxtapoz Magazine, 12 page Feature, Dec 2013
Art Enthusiast, Feature, Sept 2013
Art Attacks, Interview, Sept 2013
Arrested Motion, Feature, Sept 2013

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