Oakland, California, USA.
“Nobody” is a show based on the life of Alvie Morris. A few years ago I painted a mural in Atlanta using a random portrait image I found on the internet as reference. I received an email from a man claiming to be the subject of the original photo months later, after the wall had been published in a magazine. A woman had recognized the likeness of her brother, Alvie. This was Alvie Morris, the person I had painted. Alvie and I kept in touch, and together thought of making a film about him. “Nobody” takes place in Oakland, California.
Alvie Morris was born on October 2, 1970 in Tulare, the middle of California’s Central Valley. His father was a non-religious, alcoholic farmer, and mother a devout Jehovah's Witness housewife. He was interested in music at a young age, and moved to San Francisco when he was 24. Like his father, Alvie struggled with alcohol. For the past 6 years Alvie has been sober, and spends most of his time playing music, practicing photography, working at a butcher shop, and taking care of his niece, Zoe, the center of his world.
This show is comprised of the documentary film “Nobody”, a bust, and a series of paintings that portray his life as a precedent in paying homage to mundanity and quotidian life. A tribute to everyday people.
The exhibition will take place at our pop up gallery at 222 Broadway St. in Downtown Oakland.
BIO | Axel Void (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) was born in Miami in 1986 to a Haitian mother and a Spanish father. He was raised in Spain from the age of three, where he was strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. Axel Void has been in contact with graffiti writing since 1999. He studied Fine Arts in Cádiz, Granada, and Sevilla, and based himself in Berlin until moving to Miami in 2013. Currently living in New York.
ABOUT THE GALLERY | 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.