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Echoes of the Future: Unveiling the New Dark Ages and Dystopian Realities at 111 Minna Gallery

KQED recently highlighted our current art exhibits, featuring the works of Mike Davis and Michael Kerbow, which present dark yet humorous visions of a post-modern medieval world and a post-apocalyptic Earth. Mike Davis’s series, “Surviving the Plague,” portrays chaotic scenes reminiscent of medieval times but with odd modern elements like UFOs and cell phones, depicting a humanity regressed to a darker age. His painting “The Wedding Party” vividly showcases scenes of anarchy and debauchery, infusing grim humor with detailed, fantastical elements.

Michael Kerbow’s work, meanwhile, offers a poignant commentary on environmental neglect. His paintings, such as “Frozen Markets” and “Highwater,” depict dinosaurs and woolly mammoths inhabiting modern but ruined landscapes, highlighting the inevitable consequences of humanity’s environmental impact. These works suggest a bleak future where nature reclaims civilization after humanity’s downfall, serving as a stark reminder of the long-term effects of our current lifestyle choices.

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Hi-Fructose Interview with MIKE DAVIS AND MICHAEL KERBOW

Experience a journey through time with painters Mike Davis and Michael Kerbow in an insightful interview conducted by Hi-Fructose. Delve into their unique perspectives on history, surrealism, and contemporary challenges as reflected in their meticulously crafted artworks. Davis explores the allure of medieval and Renaissance art, while Kerbow tackles pressing issues like climate change through allegorical narratives featuring dinosaurs and dystopian landscapes.

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LAST GASP | 50th Anniversary Group Show

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING

Since 1970, Last Gasp has published and distributed the art, writing, and photography of popular and underground culture.

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Consumer Confidence

$2,800.00

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Stimulus Panel

$2,800.00

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Mike’s Pigeon Coup

$1,800.00

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Listen to Your World

$1,250.00

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Hi Hats

$1,250.00

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Sol Shine (Asian Gohonzo)

$1,000.00

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Down Beat Boom Box

$3,200.00

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Pioneers of Music

$850.00

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Godfather of Soul

$1,250.00

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Trouser Trout All Stars

$650.00

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Mask (3)

$900.00

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Mask (2)

$550.00

PUBLISHING THE ART, WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE UNDERGROUND FOR OVER 40 YEARS

Last Gasp is one of the largest and oldest publishers and purveyors of underground books and comics in the world. Over the years we have published, and in some cases brought to light, some of the most respected and talented artists working today, including R. Crumb, Justin Green, Bill Griffith, Mark Ryden, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Frank Kozik, Todd Schorr, Winston Smith, Spain, Robert Williams, and countless others. Today, we publish 12-20 new titles per year, focusing on ‘lowbrow’ and ‘pop surrealist’ artists, as well as graphic novels and pop culture titles. We also distribute all sorts of weird ‘n’ wonderful subversive literature, graphic novels, tattoo, and art books, supplying them to bookstores and art galleries on six continents.

Ron Turner founded Last Gasp in 1970. Our first publication, Slow Death Funnies #1, came out on the first Earth Day, April 15, 1970. Subsequent comics included the all-women’s comic It Ain’t Me Babe and Skull Comics. Turner’s enthusiasm for underground comics–in particular their autobiographical aspect–has been the driving force behind many groundbreaking publications. Last Gasp published Justin Green’s highly acclaimed confessional Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary in 1972, a book that became an inspiration to many artists now working in the autobiographical style. “Art Spiegelman, who won the only Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, has said he would never have started to do the autobiographical story of his family (in the graphic novel Maus) unless Justin had done it first. And Robert Crumb said the same thing,” said Turner. 

Last Gasp books have been glowingly reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy magazine, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Juxtapoz magazine, the Guardian, Hi-Fructose magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Austin Chronicle, American Book Review, and the Los Angeles Times. Last Gasp was named “Best Local Publisher” in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018 (and maybe a few in between) by readers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Our offices are located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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Our 25th Anniversary Group Exhibition

Through October 20th

111 Minna Gallery is pleased to announce the following selection of artists to represent the culmination of its aesthetic over the past 25 years:

Adam Feibelman, Alec Huxley, Alphonzo Solorzano, Amanda Lynn, Brad K Alder, Brett Amory, Brian Barneclo, Brian Brooks, Chor Boogie, D Young V, David Choong Lee, David Scott Mabry, Ferris Plock, Henry Lewis, Isabel Samaras, James Charles, Jason Mecier, Jennybird Alcantara, Jeremy Fish, John Waguespack, John Wentz, Josh Thurman, Justyna Kisielewicz, Katherine Brannock, Kelly Tunstall, Kim Cogan, Lee Harvey Roswell, Martin Olive, Melissa Arendt, Micah LeBrun , Michael Murphy, Michael Reedy, Mike Davis, Mike Giant, Nate Van Dyke, Nicomi Nix Turner, NoMe Edonna, Rob Reger, Robert Bowen, Rogelio Martinez, Romanowski, Ryan Malley, Sam Flores, Winston Smith
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