arts-graphics-2007_1181710aI know. Shepard Fairey (Obama poster guy) saved the world as we know it with his, um, pictures. But if you write a preview of a Shepard Fairey exhibit that pokes fun at the misspelled press release that the gallery owner sends out, you get banished to a hell where you are an outcast among art gallery dudes. Which is kind of nice because then you don’t have to hang out with art gallery dudes. That’s like when I would get punished and my mom would tell me to go to my room. Mom: All the cool shit is in my room. Do you know how much porn is in there?!  That’s like telling a pedophile: “Go to Kindergarten!”

Anyway, when John Soldano, owner of the now-defunct Toyroom Gallery, responded to my preview of the Fairey exhibit I almost choked and vomited from laughter. His press release would have made more sense had it been written by a Malaysian infant.

The funniest part of this story is the way John Soldano died: He was walking home in the middle of the day. Six blocks from the house  he felt an incredible shit coming on. He picked up the pace and started to sprint but because he was so fat that he was quickly out of breath. Two blocks from his house, right outside of the Acme Clown College, Soldano fell into cardiac arrest. Because of the commotion, the clowns began to pour out of the building. As Soldano’s heart began to fail, a group of more than 150 clowns started to point and laugh at him.

Hm, I guess that didn’t happen at all.

Anyway, I can’t find  the story and the newspaper took it off their site. But here’s the subsequent letter from Soldano and then one from his friend who was equally as outraged. You can almost smell Shepard Fairey’s ball grime dripping from these dudes’ mouths just by reading their letters.

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Obey Fairey
Re “Obey Webster’s” by Josh Fernandez (SN&R Night&Day, September 20):
I think Josh Ferandez takes the saying “no press is bad press” to another level.
Josh: Copying definitions of words you should know, instead of doing a little homework and giving us your descriptive version of the Shepard Fairey event at the Toyroom, makes you sound daft. Hell, why stop at copying single Webster’s definitions from your computer dictionary? At least try Wikipedia, where you can copy whole paragraphs.
Taking a typo from a press release, then confusing the meaning to the relationship of the art and the show itself, is a waste of everyone’s time. This show, “One Man Army,” took us over a year to put together, and it catalogues more than 15 years of Shepard Fairey’s art. Writing five sentences of nonsense, then wrapping it up by saying “It’s sure to be weird,” is beyond me.
We’ve (Toyroom) done weird, and we like to do weird, but this show is far from weird, unless you call the art piece “Two Sides of Capitalism,” which is Shepard’s version of currency as a symbol of government intimidation and domination in capitalism, weird. Then I don’t know what to tell ya. Shepard Fairey has been compared to and referred to as the Andy Warhol of today, he’s being studied as one of the most influential street/political contemporary artists of this century, and will definitely go down in the history books.
Josh, I invite you to view this exhibit and rewrite what you really think. I guarantee you won’t summarize it as weird … even the Webster’s dictionary definition.
John Soldano
Toyroom Gallery
Obey rules
Re “Obey Webster’s” by Josh Fernandez (SN&R Night&Day, September 20):
Let me be frank. I live and work in San Jose. And I consider myself an art enthusiast and advocate. So why would I be so concerned about an extremely poor commentary about an ongoing Sacramento show? Good question. “But you won’t find my meaning in a dictionary, sheesh!”
The article I am referring to, by Josh Fernandez, has to be one of the most disappointing and pointless commentaries I have read in quite a long time. What a total cop out by Josh Fernandez. I could liken it a 3rd grade anecdote ending, “and then I woke up.” No doubt Mr. Fernandez was perhaps daydreaming when he thought he could review an art show without physically going to it. Now that’s weird … actually no, it’s quite disappointing.
Personally, I happen to like art and feel that the roots of my interest sparked with local Davis and Sacramento artists and friends while I was a student some 12 years ago. I still am a very frequent art connoisseur and find myself visiting Sacramento, especially the second and third respective weekends to view the art openings and also to visit close friends.
The Toyroom Gallery’s Shepard Fairey show, “One Man Army,” must have been one of my most anticipated shows. I’m sure it is likewise for many other local fans of Shepard and the genre. It was rather a pathetic and hollow surprise to read the article in the aftermath of the show. I found myself asking out loud, “Why would SN&R ever publish a review by someone who has neither taken the opportunity to physically visit the show nor even perused the equally rich image content of the online exhibit on their Web site (www.toyroomgallery.com)?”
It is my suggestion that SN&R propose to Mr. Fernandez to visit the Toyroom Gallery [and see] Shepard Fairey’s “One Man Army” show for a true account of the show and his real impressions based on the exhibit, not his speculations.
Similarly, I would recommend that no reviews on musical albums be accepted without the reviewer having listened to the actual music on the album, and no restaurant suggestions be made without the reviewer having actually eaten the food. These tips I make to you in jest, but with earnest intent to point out the obvious.
Lloyd Park
via Email

Re “Obey Webster’s” by Josh Fernandez (SN&R Night&Day, September 20):

I think Josh Ferandez takes the saying “no press is bad press” to another level.

Josh: Copying definitions of words you should know, instead of doing a little homework and giving us your descriptive version of the Shepard Fairey event at the Toyroom, makes you sound daft. Hell, why stop at copying single Webster’s definitions from your computer dictionary? At least try Wikipedia, where you can copy whole paragraphs.

Taking a typo from a press release, then confusing the meaning to the relationship of the art and the show itself, is a waste of everyone’s time. This show, “One Man Army,” took us over a year to put together, and it catalogues more than 15 years of Shepard Fairey’s art. Writing five sentences of nonsense, then wrapping it up by saying “It’s sure to be weird,” is beyond me.

We’ve (Toyroom) done weird, and we like to do weird, but this show is far from weird, unless you call the art piece “Two Sides of Capitalism,” which is Shepard’s version of currency as a symbol of government intimidation and domination in capitalism, weird. Then I don’t know what to tell ya. Shepard Fairey has been compared to and referred to as the Andy Warhol of today, he’s being studied as one of the most influential street/political contemporary artists of this century, and will definitely go down in the history books.

Josh, I invite you to view this exhibit and rewrite what you really think. I guarantee you won’t summarize it as weird … even the Webster’s dictionary definition.

John Soldano
Toyroom Gallery

__________________________________________________________

Re “Obey Webster’s” by Josh Fernandez (SN&R Night&Day, September 20):

Let me be frank. I live and work in San Jose. And I consider myself an art enthusiast and advocate. So why would I be so concerned about an extremely poor commentary about an ongoing Sacramento show? Good question. “But you won’t find my meaning in a dictionary, sheesh!”

The article I am referring to, by Josh Fernandez, has to be one of the most disappointing and pointless commentaries I have read in quite a long time. What a total cop out by Josh Fernandez. I could liken it a 3rd grade anecdote ending, “and then I woke up.” No doubt Mr. Fernandez was perhaps daydreaming when he thought he could review an art show without physically going to it. Now that’s weird … actually no, it’s quite disappointing.

Personally, I happen to like art and feel that the roots of my interest sparked with local Davis and Sacramento artists and friends while I was a student some 12 years ago. I still am a very frequent art connoisseur and find myself visiting Sacramento, especially the second and third respective weekends to view the art openings and also to visit close friends.

The Toyroom Gallery’s Shepard Fairey show, “One Man Army,” must have been one of my most anticipated shows. I’m sure it is likewise for many other local fans of Shepard and the genre. It was rather a pathetic and hollow surprise to read the article in the aftermath of the show. I found myself asking out loud, “Why would SN&R ever publish a review by someone who has neither taken the opportunity to physically visit the show nor even perused the equally rich image content of the online exhibit on their Web site (www.toyroomgallery.com)?”

It is my suggestion that SN&R propose to Mr. Fernandez to visit the Toyroom Gallery [and see] Shepard Fairey’s “One Man Army” show for a true account of the show and his real impressions based on the exhibit, not his speculations.

Similarly, I would recommend that no reviews on musical albums be accepted without the reviewer having listened to the actual music on the album, and no restaurant suggestions be made without the reviewer having actually eaten the food. These tips I make to you in jest, but with earnest intent to point out the obvious.

Lloyd Park
via Email

Comments

  1. mel says:

    What was the typo?

  2. The whole press release was riddled with typos. I think maybe 5 words were spelled right.

  3. Carly says:

    Hate it when people make me hate what I love.

  4. Laureen says:

    What I think is funny about this is that they accuse you of not doing proper “research” before writing a review. When it is clear that they didn’t do proper research on you. You’re ummm…weird. And I say that with like.

  5. lauren says:

    Shepard Fairy IS today’s Andy Warhol… and he’s just as full of shit.

  6. wasn’t that show like 2007? Toyroom Gallery has been closed since 2007

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