RAVI ZUPA

United States

The Place Where There Is No Darkness
Main Gallery
November 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 3rd
7-10pm
Free & Open to the public
Artist in attendance

This November we welcome Denver artist Ravi Zupa back to the gallery for a solo show featuring new drawings, sculptures, prints and paintings. In the time since we last exhibited his work in Denver Ravi has mounted several successful exhibitions in galleries around the world and recently launched a collaboration with Shepard Fairey and Obey Clothing. Ravi is a very hard working artist and his success is well deserved, we are excited to unveil his new body of work.

From Ravi Zupa:
This show is about optimism. “[T]he place where there is no darkness” is a phrase that appears in critical moments in George Orwell’s 1984. Consistent with his doublethink motif, the phrase has two opposing meanings. In its initial context, “the place where there is no darkness” is a place inside Winston’s mind where he can dream safely, where Big Brother can’t access his thoughts, where there are no shadows for the government to hide and watch him. Later, after Winston is taken into government custody, Orwell applies the phrase to Room 101, a torture chamber where the lights are literally never off.

I am using the phrase as the title for this show because we are living in a difficult moment in which many people feel uneasy and distrustful toward the government. I embrace the complexity of the moment, however, and choose to remain optimistic. In fact, I believe that the current political situation might prove to be the best thing that has happened to this country in many decades.

I have chosen to use Santa Muerte as a central figure for the show because she also represents the paradox that something frightening and terrible can ultimately be positive and freeing. As the protector of the disaffected, she is becoming increasingly relevant. Her message is clear: death comes for all of us and this understanding can free us to live fully. Or as I have rephrased it for pieces in this show, “No one gets out of here alive. Go and be great.”

How to Participate:

The show will include a life-sized Santa Muerte sculpture which will act as a shrine for the duration for the show. I invite anyone to come to the gallery (either at the opening or throughout the month) and leave an offering to the saint.

Traditional offerings include:
– money
– flowers
– liquor/beer
– fruit
– cigarettes/cigars
– bread
– candy
– candles
– personal items of significance

At the end of the exhibition I will dispose of all offerings, as is tradition. Money will be given to a needy person (one of my homeless friends), perishable items will be buried, and everything else (candy, liquor, cigarettes, personal items, and so on) will be thrown away. I will be offering items of my own including some original drawings.

The show will also feature original paintings, drawings, sculptures, and typewriter machine guns from my “Mightier Than” series.

All of Ravi Zupa’s images are drawn and painted by his hand. He considers books the best way to experience art and has spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history and originate from nearly all geographical regions. Being entirely self-taught, he looks for inspiration in works by German Renaissance print makers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists, Mughal paintings, religious iconography from Europe, Asia and Pre-Columbian Latin America, and revolutionary propaganda the world over. With a distaste for ironic art or the thoughtless appropriation of culture, he integrates seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal.
United States – b.1977

DRAWINGS

Age of Enlightenment Series

Media: Ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 6 x 8 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $200 Each
Available to purchase online via our checkout system – CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL PIECES AND CHECKOUT

“Bird Pot Creature”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Saint George Another Dragon”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Whipping Bird Egg Creature”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Bird Pot Fisherman Front Loader”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Deer Duck Creature Grease Gun”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Deer Pot Creature Sub Machine Gun”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Side Looking Duck Airplane”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Bird Basket Creature Crossbow”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Bird Heart Creature”
Media: Acrylic, ink and mixed media on paper mounted to wood
Size: 10 x 13.25 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD


DRAWINGS

“Kick Flip”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $1400
Availability: SOLD

“Heel Flip”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $1400
Availability: SOLD

“Fakie Heel Flip”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $1400
Availability: SOLD

“Inward Heel Flip”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $1400
Availability: SOLD

“Many Selfies”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 11 x 14 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“1 Goose 5 Ducks”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 11 x 14 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“He’s In Deep Thought”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 11 x 14 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“A Drunken Discussion”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 11 x 14 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Scheming”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 11 x 14 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $600
Availability: SOLD

“Saint Giles”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $1400
Availability: SOLD

“Saint Christopher”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $1400
Availability: SOLD

“Saint Eulalia Of Merida”
Media: India Ink on paper mounted to wood
Size: 16 x 20 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $1400
Availability: SOLD


MIGHTIER THAN SERIES

Mightier Than – Remington Rand Special
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel and scrap steel pipe
Size: 16.5 x 13 x 6 Inches
Year: 2017
Availability: SOLD

Mightier Than – Quiet De Luxe
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel and scrap steel pipe
Size: 17 x 14 x 5 Inches
Year: 2017
Availability: SOLD

Mightier Than – Corona
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel and scrap steel pipe
Size: 12 x 11 x 3.5 Inches
Year: 2016
Availability: SOLD


SCULPTURES

“How Much A Dollar Cost” #1
Media: Mixed media sculpture – Hangs on wall
Size: 9 x 14.5 x 3 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $400
Availability: SOLD

“How Much A Dollar Cost” #2
Media: Mixed media sculpture – Hangs on wall
Size: 9 x 14.5 x 3 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $400
Availability: SOLD

“How Much A Dollar Cost” #3
Media: Mixed media sculpture – Hangs on wall
Size: 9 x 14.5 x 3 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $400
Availability: SOLD

“How Much A Dollar Cost” #4
Media: Mixed media sculpture – Hangs on wall
Size: 9 x 14.5 x 3 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $400
Availability: SOLD

“How Much A Dollar Cost” #5
Media: Mixed media sculpture – Hangs on wall
Size: 9 x 14.5 x 3 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $400
Availability: SOLD

“How Much A Dollar Cost” #6
Media: Mixed media sculpture – Hangs on wall
Size: 9 x 14.5 x 3 Inches
Signed: Yes
Price: $400
Availability: SOLD


PRINT BASED ORIGINALS

“The Place Where There Is No Darkness” #1
Media: Screen prints, block prints and acrylic paint on wood
Size: 60 x 60 x 2.5 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $3500
Availability: Inquire

“The Place Where There Is No Darkness” #2
Media: Screen prints, block prints and acrylic paint on wood
Size: 60 x 60 x 2.5 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $3500
Availability: Inquire

“The Place Where There Is No Darkness” #3
Media: Screen prints, block prints and acrylic paint on wood
Size: 60 x 60 x 2.5 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $3500
Availability: SOLD

“The Place Where There Is No Darkness” #4
Media: Screen prints, block prints and acrylic paint on wood
Size: 60 x 60 x 2.5 Inches
Signed – 2017
Price: $3500
Availability: Inquire


HAND PAINTED MULTIPLES

Santa Muerte Metal Leaf HPM
Media: 5 color screen print with metal leaf mounted to wood panel – Each piece has metal leaf in the crown, necklace and robe.
Size: 24 x 36 Inches
Edition: 4 Available – Signed & Numbered
#1/SOLD
Year: 2017
Price: $1600
Availability:


PRINTS

Santa Muerte
Media: 5 color screen print on paper
Size: 24 x 36 Inches
Edition: 20 – Signed & Numbered
Price: $125
One per person
Availability: SOLD OUT


DRAWINGS

Opposable Thumbs Series

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, DRUMMER
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire
From the artist: The drummer is dressed in Napoleonic or American Revolutionary style.

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, BUGLER
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire
From the artist: Dressed in the style of the American Revolutionary war.

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, DRILL INSTRUCTOR
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire
From the artist: WWII uniform. Check out the US marine drill instructors, calling cadence on YouTube. They are really beautiful. The new generation incorporates a lot of gospel and the older traditional dudes do something very unique – It’s like nothing else.

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, FIFER
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire
From the artist: He is dressed in a WWI period English uniform. This flout song is the most iconic familiar military flute music. The song “British Grenadiers” is that very familiar marching flute song that we have heard in cartoons and movies all our lives.


PAINTINGS

VISHNU CONTEMPLATES DEATH
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 24 x 36 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
Availability: Inquire

ANGER
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 36 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
Availability: SOLD

THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 36 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
Availability: SOLD

MODERN WARFARE
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 36 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
Availability: Inquire

LET ME DIE IN MY FOOTSTEPS
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 36 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
Availability: Inquire

CONTEMPLATING OPTIONS
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper on canvas
Size: 48 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
Availability: SOLD