David Fearn | The Sh!tshow - B.T.S install week

The Sh!tshow - B.T.S install week

July 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A behind-the-scenes look at the installation of over 200 rockstar portraits at The Factory in downtown Los Angeles

This massive art works required a highly dedicated crew the best part of a week to permanently install the Sh!tshow collection upon these walls.

This is the story of how it was done.

SS TIMELAPSE

Time lapse showing the wheat pasting of 218 individual portraits on every wall of the venue

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6 long months of individual portrait sessions culminated in a huge printing job using thin bond paper on a plotter printer typically used for architectural blueprints.  The thin paper weight is essential for wheat pasting.  

24x24" portraits were trimmed and then shuffled like a deck of cards to ensure a random order of rockstars.

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Sh!tshow holding the portraits and staring at the blank canvas on day 1 of the install.  Over 1,000sq feet of walls to be decorated  

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Mapping out the walls with 24sq inch measurements and a grid of snapped chalk guidelines for level.  

There are exactly the number of images to cover all the walls!

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Install crew puts up the very first images, with zero experience of wheat pasting between us!  Learning on the job

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Maryanne, Kelsey and Quincy iron out the wrinkles on the first row of photographs

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Reuben (Die Group) and Quincy (Cat Scan) proud to install their own photographs.  Their bands would play the opening party on July 28th

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Kelsey (Mrs Sh!tshow) fighting to stay on the level with each individual photograph; the glue sets up quick so you have to work fast

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Photos were chosen at random whilst trying to ensure each wall told the 'truth' of Los Angeles; maximum representation!

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Working around permanent fixtures such as pipes and electrical boxes

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Install squad mascot Queenie kept the team energized with positive vibes

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Choosing a prominent position on the wall for the artists' mission statement

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Kelsey and Jon taking a well earned break as the room starts to come together

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The main man of the bar Riv chose the wall spot for his own portrait

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Riv and Kelsey working on the all-important stage wall; how will these look behind future performers on stage, I wonder?

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Incredibly satisfying to complete a wall and take a moment to stand back and bear witness

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Brian slowly mixing the glue with a drill paddle to avoid lumps; we used manufactured wheatpaste instead of homemade to avoid complications with rotting

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Brian hardly lifted a finger all week

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Kelsey and Brian and a rare glimpse of superstar venue owner Jorge

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The install crew gotta eat, surviving exclusively on burgers and pizza delivery

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Patrick Nolan came through and joined in; a plaque to mark the "Nolan Wall" is currently in production

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Dameht bandmates Riv and Lucas share a joke before rehearsals 

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Dameht drummer Roman warming up; his band would play a show in this room the night before the Sh!tshow launch party

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Kelsey at the tail end of a very long and hard working week

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Brian still doing absolutely nothing

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Dameht rehearsing their set on stage ahead of their show later that day with room temperatures peaking 90F and no AC

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Jon Reyes desperately unhappy with his portrait

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The setting sun at the end of a tough but fulfilling week completing the installation of 218 portraits.  This room finally feels ready for a massive party!

 

Unlimited credit and huge love goes to the install crew: Kelsey, Reuben, Maryanne, Brian, Quincy, Lindsay, Jon, Nick, Riv, Lucas, Roman and Patrick.

Without their investment of time, effort and support this project would not have been completed.  Big love!

 


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