A mixed of suits, hipsters and women dressed as if they were in an episode of sex and the city, all pretending to be art enthusiast during the Versions art show at 111 Minna gallery Friday night.
The exhibit showcased photos from Emilio Banuelos and Joe Aguirre who both aimed their lenses at capturing the human condition. Banuelos photography was representative of the Chicano-American experience. His cornea and index finger were able to beautifully arrest images that juxtapose rich and poor right here in America, all in black and white.
Poor malnourished homeless man lying on the sidewalk while men in suite stepped over him. A clockwork orange style shadow scheme, that framed nine riot ready police officers in the opening of a parking garage, these photos marked Banuelos style.
Aguirre’s style was a little more subdued. Lost of close up portraits of faces young and old. A San Francisco local Aguirre looks to his travels for inspiration. Using bars many times for his imagery, there is a comedic overtone is many of his photos.
And last but not least, a trio of artist that call themselves nothing because they just go by their names, D Young V, Eddie Colla, Hugh Leeman, well, maybe not their real names. But nevertheless they are “prolific local street artist.” With portrait stencils that look as if they were done with nothing more than a black felt-pen.
The studio had tarnished wood floors and high-rise ceilings that were reminiscent of the factory that once occupied the building. Exposed pipes on the roof gave it that musky, warehouse feel.
The place was teeming with aspiring photographer walking around and conversing. The yellow sticking that read Nokia flapped across their shoulders and necks.
One such man was Rasta Dave, who was kind enough to share some of his own personal work. Dave was also a fan of black and white portraits that he had snapped around the city on any given night.
A cool art venue that is worth checking out. Located at 111 Minna St. hosting new shows each week.