DON'T LOOK AT ME A Solo Show by Herakut

Event has passed (Sat Nov 9, 2013 - Sat Nov 9, 2013)
The Shooting Gallery
7 pm until 11 pm


Shooting Gallery Presents:
A Solo Show by Herakut

Shooting Gallery is pleased to present DON'T LOOK AT ME, from German artistic duo Herakut.
The opening reception will be Saturday, November 09, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free
and open to the public for viewing through December 07, 2013. Herakut’s paintings are sensuous, savage, and always remarkable for their powerful dualism.
Akut’s photorealistic details play out against Hera’s expressive, more gestural, linework in
canvases that seem poised to articulate stories of triumph and hardship. Humour and text weave
their way into the work, with examples like “Payback’s a Bitch,” featuring the face of a
grimacing pug whose eyes shine like just-polished glass.
In addition to their emotionally-charged acrylic and spray paint works on canvas, DON’T LOOK
AT ME will featuring a 6x10 ft. canvas, one of the artists’ largest to date, suspended from the
ceiling as well as a large-scale installation to transform a portion of the gallery into a dream-like
"If Herakut was one actually living creature it would probably look a lot like a pug. (Those dogs
are just as far detached from their wolf-granddaddies as, luckily, mid-thirty Germans today vary
from their crazy ancestors from a hundred years ago.) And that pug-creature called Herakut
would carry a permanent smile, because it had a contortionist-brain that could easily flip
anything around to find its good spot. So, Herakut would be walking the earth, knowing
everything about being judged by appearance, and it would still be proud and keep on leaving its
mark wherever it went. And it would always have love and much appreciation for any other
being that did not surrender to life's obstacles. It admired those who combines awkwardness and
dignity as if they were peanut-butter and jam. Herakut honored every hero who was not ashamed
of its weakness, and it was the most loyal friend to the weaklings who would not give up to find
their one strength."- Hera (thinking about Herakut while listening to Morrissey´s "If you don´t
like me, then don't look at me"), Heidelberg, 2013
German artists Hera and Akut, both with roots in the graffiti scene, joined forces in 2004 and
began creating collaborative work under the name of Herakut. The duo has shown around the
world, including in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, and Bristol. They have
published two books, The Perfect Merge published in 2009 and 2011’s After the Laughter, to
great success.
The Shooting Gallery opened its doors in 2003 to the edgy Tenderloin district of San Francisco;
one known for its diverse culture and history. Owner and curator, Justin Giarla, founded the
space to offer a welcoming environment for viewing the art he loves. Giarla has long since
recognized the necessity to provide lowbrow artists with a platform, which is exactly what the
Shooting Gallery has done for a full decade. In addition to the exhibition of leading shows in pop
art, street art, and outsider art, the Shooting Gallery also participates in art fairs around the world
and hosts annual fundraisers for local nonprofits.
Media Opportunities:
Interview with the artistInterview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request
Event Information:
Opening Reception – Saturday, November 9, 7-11 pm
On View Through December 7, 2013
@ Shooting Gallery (
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109


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