On January 20, in a crowded gallery art and music collided as artists from different backgrounds and styles came together at Exhibit A Gallery to show case an epic collection of work in tribute to the founding fathers of thrash, Metallica.

Appropriately titled, Obey Your Masters featured the art work of 39 artists and musicians including: Shepard Fairey, Victor Casillo, Tony Alva, Travis Louie, Katy Rodriquez, Chad Michael, Andy Biersack to name a few. Each individual chose to honor a Metallica song by creating a visual representation in their preferred medium.

The results paralleled the dark and aggressive sound of Metallica. Chris Peters’ rendition of “Nothing Else Matters,” of two skeletons embracing one another is hauntingly beautiful. Co-owner of Exhibit A, Richard Avilla III crafted a brutal yet breathtaking visual translation of “Master of Puppets.” A naked woman stands on top of a man while she pulls his entrails out like strings. Her face is hidden by a hood while the porcelain white skin contrasts the brutal manipulation.

Most fans of Metallica pay homage to the band by creating their own bands or pursuing music. This group of individuals, however joined together to show that there is more than one way to show your respect.

Obey Your Masters will be open to the public from January 23 until March 23 at Exhibit A.

– written by Keisha Raines with photos by Birdman for Warholian

For more on the show visit:  http://www.exhibitagallery.com/2012/01/obey-your-master-details/