As we make our way to Miami Beach to take part in the exciting events taking place there in just a couple of weeks, we are making stops in Brussels, Belgium and Englewood, NJ to check out the work of emerging American artists Ghost of a Dream and Justin Fontaine Maury. By integrating commercial elements in their visually striking artworks, these artists document the demise of a society fueled by propaganda and fairytales.
Ghost of a dream (Brussels)will be on view from November 21 to January 18 at Hotel Winssinger, 66 rue Hôtel des Monnaies, 1060 Brussels, Belgium.
Ghost of a Dream, I am what (I am), 2011, discarded lottery tickets, romance novel covers, self-help book covers, bible tracts, and postcards on wood and foam with UV coat, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium
Ghost of a Dream, the married duo made up of sculptor Lauren Was and painter Adam Eckstrom, explore human vices, such as the habitual purchase of lottery tickets and the obsession with romance novels and films, in their latest exhibition,Day is Done, hosted atGalerie Paris-Beijing’s space in Brussels, Belgium. The activities they allude to in their various mixed-media works underscore humanity’s constant search for the ideal reality. These far-fetched realities are often developed from living in materialist societies where monetary gain is of utmost importance, followed by other self-fulfilling concepts such as spiritual salvation and the fateful quest for one’s soul mate. Ghost of a Dream aim to remind their audiences that most cultural fantasies are not inherent, but are instead learned from the media’s ever-present role in our lives.
Justin Fontaine Maury, Madonna, 2013, mixed media on canvas, Borghi Fine Art, Englewood, New Jersey
Justin Fontaine Maury(American, b.1988), who had a show earlier this year at Borghi Fine ArtentitledBad Girls Go To Hell,will be presenting a new body of work at the gallery that further delves into the oft-controversial world of commercial imagery. The artist applies his background in graphic design and photography to produce text-based, mixed-media works that push the boundaries of the taboo nature of vintage advertisements. Many of the graphics Maury incorporates into his works, including frontal nude images of famous young women, were swept under the rug after being used for marketing purposes due to their inappropriate connotations. With his latest series, which includes a sexually explicit photograph of Madonna against a bright backdrop with the word “BANG!”, Maury examines the practice of appropriation and how it has revolutionized the way we view art.
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