Wasted in The Nation: Wastedland 2 U.S. Tour
In a post-apocalyptic land, the last few remaining inhabitants are the spirit animals of graffiti writers. This existential fantasy follows three solitary vandals (played by Wolftits, Avoid, and Smells) who cross paths while on the hunt for the meaning behind the abandoned enigmatic artwork by UFO 907 (another nomadic artist). Roaming from one decaying zone to the next in a never ending search for beer, weed, and a wall to paint, these artists form a pact with the rest of the desperate survivors (played by Rambo, Noxer, EKG, and others) to attain the answer to their unanimous question of their futility- "what's the point?"
As with the original Wastedland (10 min/ B&W/ 2008), for Wastedland 2 Shirley asked several prominent NYC graffiti artists to create costumes and masks in the likeness of what they believe to be their spirit animals. Then, using the same landscape the artists typically employ as a backdrop for their artwork, they traveled from the mountains of Upstate New York to Black Mountain, North Carolina, filming in squalid buildings and freight train yards along the way, illegally. The mystical theme of the seeker was incorporated into the process of production, letting the film write itself from narrative exploration and unscripted improvisation. It was not until the film had been edited that the script finally finished itself.
The film has been on tour in North America where Shirley has been transforming spaces into three dimensional post apocalyptic-graffiti-wonderlans. Questions of fate and self collide with graffiti folklore through word play, interactive kinetic sculpture, paintings, artifacts, and characters - all centered around thematics from the film and created by the actors themselves. This environment allows the viewer to enter the psychology of the narrative, to identify and ultimately re-define the way one traditionally engages with artwork. Beer and popcorn is served.
“A new Wizard of Oz for the Anarchist Street Youth.” Charlie Ahearn, Director (Wild Style)
“Unreality has made an unexpected narrative incursion into the usually predictable world of Graffiti Art or maybe this is Graffiti’s break-in into the abandoned back lot of the Brothers Grimm.” Bill Daniel, Director (Who is Bozo Texino? : The Secret History of Hobo Graffiti) & author (Mostly True)
9/16/16 WASTEDLAND 2: DETROIT (full exhibition) Make Art Work Detroit, MI
9/23/16 2nd Annual Murals in the Market Family Reunion Lincoln Art Park Detroit, MI
11/04/16 WASTEDLAND 2: RICHMOND (full exhibition) Gallery 5 Richmond, VA
11/o5/16 Raleigh Underground Film Festival, The Studio Raleigh, NC
11/06/16 Burger Bar Asheville, NC
2/17/17 WASTEDLAND 2:OKLAHOMA CITY (full exhibition) IAO Gallery Oklahoma City, OK
2/18/17 GPS Location 39.08942, -94.591150 Kansas City, MO
2/19/17 The Lodge Dayton, KY
2/20/17 Innerstate Gallery Detroit, MI
2/21/17 Handmade Toledo Toledo, OH
2/23/17 Now That's Class Cleveland, OH
4/15/17 WASTEDLAND 2: LOS ANGELES (full exhibition) Superchief Gallery Los Angeles, CA
7/14/17 WASTEDLAND 2: CHICAGO (full exhibition) Co-Prosperity Sphere Gallery Chicago, IL
9/07/17 WASTEDLAND 2: NEW YORK CITY (Location TBD)
Andrew H. Shirley finds an obsession in living experimentation. Shirley is a multi disciplinary artist whose work has appeared in PS 1, MOCA, Museum of Sex, McDonald's International, and whose films have screened at festivals in over 300 cities worldwide. As a social architect, he has curated the underground into public events from institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music to a secret treehouse art gallery he built in upstate NY. He resides in Brooklyn, NYC, with his cat Myrtle.