The Jungian Thing

The opening reception for a new show of more than 100 new works by Shepard Fairey (above ), who has been called the “godfather of urban art, ” will take place on Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco . The show, entitled “The Duality of Humanity, ” opens that evening, and runs through October 4.

Fairey has taken the name of the show from the antics of Private Joker, the iconoclastic anti-hero of Gustav Hasford’s Vietnam war novel, The Short-timers , and the movie it spawned, Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket . Several of the pieces in the show are informed by Fairey’s belief that there is a strong parallel between the Vietnam War and the current war in Iraq. That includes a work depicting a child with a gun in his hand and a flower in his hat. Also, the theme of soldiers and weapons bearing peace signs, or peace signs comprised of military effects, runs through many pieces in the show.

The White Walls Gallery is located at 835 Larkin Street. Phone: 415-931-1500.

Here’s the surreal “duality of man” dialogue from Full Metal Jacket , the part of the film that gave Fairey his title, and one of the parts of the movie that shows Joker at his sarcastic best:

Colonel : Marine, what is that button on your body armor?
Private Joker: A peace symbol, sir.
Colonel : Where’d you get it?
Joker: I don’t remember, sir.
Colonel : What is that you’ve got written on your helmet?
Joker : “Born to Kill, ” sir.
Colonel : You write “Born to Kill” on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?
Joker : No, sir.
Colonel : You’d better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you.
Joker : Yes, sir.
Colonel : Now answer my question or you’ll be standing tall before the man.
Joker : I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.
Colonel: The what?
Joker : The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir.
Colonel : Whose side are you on, son?
Joker : Our side, sir.
Colonel : Don’t you love your country?
Joker : Yes, sir.
Colonel : Then how about getting with the program? Why don’t you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?
Joker : Yes, sir.
Colonel: Son, all I’ve ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It’s a hardball world, son. We’ve gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.
Joker : Aye-aye, sir.


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