Piper: Unhappy Little Trees

Join us for the opening reception of Piper’s show at The Growlery with musical guests:
7 PM - 10 PM: DJ Lucky Pocket
10 PM - Tropical City

Though best known for her street art, Piper is also a self-taught painter, draughtswoman, photographer and musician. Works on display will be in acrylic, oil, and watercolor, on found objects Piper collected during her many walks around San Francisco: discarded surfaces such as cabinet doors and sheets of metal, wood, glass, paper, and canvas. The Growlery will also feature artwork from Piper’s recent series of boards for Element Skateboards.

This explosion of multimedia implies a violent reaction against a city rejecting one of its residents. The once urban haven of San Francisco is no longer the romantic refuge for artists. “What I’m trying to throw in people’s faces is pure passion, doing something just for the love of it—a concept that I feel is quickly disappearing.”

Piper’s style is a mix of retro and contemporary. She is inspired by 1920’s era prize fight posters, vintage advertisements, Sailor Jerry tattoos, general americana, calligraphy, and bright, bold colors. The artist is fascinated by continuous color gradients and plays with transforming them into discrete bands of color. Using color play and different persepectives, Piper transforms the quotidian details of the everyday into the abstract.

Piper’s one-woman-band, Tropical City, released the LP “Black Fruit” in April of this year. She multi-tracked guitar, bass, synthesizer, drums, and vocals for this dark industrial lo-fi record and will perform a set based on this record during the opening reception.