Last night ARTJAIL hosted Anthony Michael Sneed's first solo show "HELL FOR HIRE" in the LES. Using Nintendo like pixelation as an inspiration for his subject matter, the large format, brightly colored works; including paintings, video, and sculpture; are youthful and nostalgic, especially amongst Generation Y. While some pieces are tongue-in-cheek, others are politically charged, yet have a satiric and innocent value due to the artist's specific style chosen for many of the works in the show. Take for example a 9/11 cityscape of the second plane flying into the towers--rather than thinking of the tragic event that happened nearly a decade ago I could not help but think of shooting a plastic gun at an old television while playing Duck Hunt on Nintendo. Overall, the show was well organized and the crowd was fun--ranging from a crazy old Professor who followed me around prior to Gabby arriving to a wild man I dubbed as Punk Rock Joe; I don't know his real name, but I'd like to find out who this person is. Perhaps I will run into him in the future and ask him if he recalls chugging a beer and smashing the can in the middle of the gallery telling me he was the most punk mother fucker there.
Peep the photos below to see how much fun we had.