The Shatner Show:
76 artists interpret the life and career of this pop culture icon


From his iconic Captain James T. Kirk through the steely resolve of  TJ Hooker, the wisdom of Walter H Bascom, the irreverence of Denny Crane  or the seemingly hundreds of smaller roles that have filled his career  (one of our personal favorites being the Commander Buck Murdock in  Airplane 2), William Shatner has shown an uncanny ability to alternately  (and sometimes simultaneously) embrace and transcend those  preconceptions about him. Perhaps this is nowhere exhibited better than  on his recent musical album with Ben Folds: speaking (not singing, of  course) with open candor at times about his fortunes and failings, it  becomes clear that the person who has played these characters has so  much more to say than the characters themselves. Now in his 76th year,  he continues to produce with a voracity and enthusiasm unrivaled by his  peers. Whether it s a comedic or dramatic role, a gameshow, voice-work  for a documentary or animated program, or even a seemingly lowly  breakfast cereal commercial, each thing he touches is elevated to a  plane that s all his own.

With playful reverence to this entrancing icon and fascinating  individual, UPPERCASE gallery has created The Shatner Show: an  exhibition and book of artwork depicting William Shatner, featuring the  work of 76 artists and illustrators from Canada and the US. Mr. Shatner  has endorsed the project and provided the following statement:

"Every artist has their muse. Leonardo was inspired by the ceiling in  the great chapel. Michelangelo found his art in the Italian marble. Who  am I to stand in the way of all these fine artists and artisans who  want to use my lumpy, aging face for inspiration? Some creators love a  great sunset; some have in mind my bloodshot eyes. Nevertheless, out of  awe, amusement, or pity, you should come and see this unique show."

— William Shatner on The Shatner Show, 2007