Station 16 Gallery announces the opening of The Bootleggers II, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s blockbuster exhibition by Stikki Peaches. In this follow up to last year’s The Bootleggers, which was based in childhood nostalgia revisiting idols such as Raquel Welch, Frank Sinatra, and Brigitte Bardot, The Bootleggers II turns its attention towards the artist’s fashion muses. After a successful career in fashion design, Stikki Peaches pursued visual art. His fashion background remains a strong influence in his studio practice. The Bootleggers II will present a new body of works on paper created using a traditional collage process with unconventional three-dimensional additions such a spray can nozzles and miscellaneous studio ephemera. The vernissage will be held on April 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Station 16 Gallery and the exhibition will run until April 28th 2017.
The gallery will be closed to the public between April 2nd and April 4th as Stikki Peaches takes over the space for installation. Preview viewings can be arranged for members of the Press by appointment.
Stikki Peaches, best known for the tagline “What if Art Ruled the World?” and celebrity mash-up wheat pastes, has been taking over the streets on an international level since 2009. Strongly influenced by pop culture, Stikki Peaches combines images of classic films, celebrities, and musical icons into hybrid characters. Using a variety of media, including collage, acrylic paint, and silkscreen, Stikki Peaches’ work occupies an interesting liminal space between the street and the gallery. With an active following on social media, Stikki Peaches frequently engages with his audience by leaving clues for treasure hunts through Instagram, bridging the gap created by maintaining an anonymous identity.