SPENCER KEETON CUNNINGHAM AT POW! WOW!
Spencer Keeton Cunningham paints large-scale murals across San Francisco and beyond – his most recent work, Hard Times, is in the scenic isle of Oahu, Hawaii. Artist Jasper Wong, who founded the non-profit Pow! Wow!, arranged the space with the organization PangeaSeed, which promotes ocean awareness, and its offshoot mural project Sea Walls, which strives to install maritime art in cities. Spencer documented his adventure, as well as the process behind his colorful installation, in a short video and series of photos. He renders humanoid figures through his distinctive primitivist style and bold compositions. Often his subjects are accompanied by attributive objects, such as bottles, skateboards, and pigeons, that signify an urban landscape. Hard Times displays a hybridized shark/man with severed limbs, bleeding into a bowl of shark fin soup. This confrontational imagery references the systematic destruction of shark species world-wide by the commercial fishing industry.