"This mural deals with the inequality and hatred our world is absorbed in. Our history and present is full of apartheid, bias, bigotry, discrimination, one-sidedness, racialism, sectarianism, segregation and unfairness. When will we learn we are all just one? We cannot be human alone. Everything is connected , we are not just brothers and sisters , we are one and the same. I am you and you are me. The suffering of all and the joy of all belongs to all. When our flags fall our hearts will connect . May all be be happy and may all be free from suffering . " -Rick Lee Gordon
A curatorial focus on process and cross-pollination, Athen B. aims to exhibit unique process driven exhibitions by collaborating artists from different areas. From Urban to Contemporary, our project is dedicated to representing the best of our Bay Area community and our extended family abroad through exhibitions on our walls and the walls of the neighborhood. We're very excited to be working with RVCA sponsored artist Ricky Lee Gordon in Downtown Oakland on such a large beautiful wall as part of their Artist Network Program.
Ricky is a self-taught artist born in Johannesburg in 1984 and now working and living in Cape Town South Africa. He is well known for his large-scale murals that can be seen in cities all over the world, from Cape Town to Istanbul and Kathmandu, for the last few years he would paint under the pseudonym Freddy Sam. This is the first mural he has signed as Ricky Lee Gordon, its hard to ignore his evolution as an artist. His murals focus on bringing to light relevant social issues, exploring the nature of man in present society, in history and in nature. His achievements in public art have made it on CNN, Mail & Guardian’s ‘200 young people in SA who make a difference’ and National Geographic's list of ‘11 street art greats’ alongside the likes of Banksy.
The mural is located at 21st and Franklin / Broadway St. in Downtown Oakland. Full recap of the process below. Stay tuned as Ricky will be joining our One Year Anniversary exhibition this June at Athen B. Gallery! He will be in LA next to paint another wall as apart of RVCA's Artist Network Program.
All photographs by Brock Brake