Sickboy is in San Francisco producing a show of sick and twisted dreams, childhood imaginations, and hopes and fears. The show includes heavy installation pieces and a series of original paintings, low edition screen prints on wood, painted metal boxes, and the iconic Sickboy temple pieces on wood and book covers. I have here exclusive photographs shot by Colin M. Day, along with some questions and tid bits into the current life of Sickboy. This show is uncurated by Ben Eine. If you’re in SF make sure to stop by White Walls, Saturday March 17th from 7-11pm. Stay tuned for more shots of the opening, and walls with Sickboy and Eine.
Below are some brief questions with Sickboy and Eine:
VNA: What has been your experience of the Tenderloin, SF so far?
Sickboy: It’s pretty insane on the surface, but behind the crackheads and alcoholics there is a nice strong connected community. Although, some of the craziest things I’ve seen here so far was on the first day of the month when the homeless got their government checks and it was like Night of the Living Dead on the streets.
VNA: Why are you excited about this show?
Sickboy: It’s my first US show in a city I’ve never been, but always wanted to go to. I’m able to make new ideas come to life. Since this is my first solo show in the states and in San Francisco, I really want to smash it.
VNA: Your shows are based heavily on installation. Tell us about the theme for this installation?
Sickboy: The gallery has two separate rooms and themes. The back room I’m turning into a psychedelic child’s room. Since I’ve been here I have collected little bits from the Tenderloin, and also brought bits from the UK which will all be included in the room. In the main front room will be a resurrection of one of my cartoon coffins underneath dirt, surrounded by rainbows, and lit up with a one of a kind light box. Sick!
VNA: Hello Ben. How are you? How long have you been in San Francisco for?
Eine: Ya, cool. Been here for three days.
VNA: How long have you known Sickboy?
Eine: I’ve known of Sickboy for years and years, but I’ve known him personally since he moved to London.
VNA: What do you like about Sickboy’s work?
Eine: It’s original, clever, entertaining, and he keeps developing and progressing. He’s doing something different than all the rest of the wankers.
VNA: How have you helped Sickboy with this show?
Eine: I introduced his work to Justin Giarla at White Walls. I big him up as I travel around the world.
VNA: Do you believe in magic?
Sickboy: I don’t.
Eine: I do.
Justin Giarla: I use magic everyday.