If you’re looking for refreshing and invigorating art, New York City is the hot spot this week! In Chelsea, De Buck Gallery and Freight + Volume will be hosting solo and group exhibitions by artists whose subject matter and choice of media debunk conventional notions of art.
Laurina Paperina, Martin Creed, 2013, mixed media on canvas, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
Freight + Volume, a Chelsea gallery known for putting together thought-provoking exhibitions of both emerging and established talent, will be presenting works by artists Noah Lyon (American, b.1979), Laurina Paperina (Italian, b.1980), and new-comer Cristina de Miguel (Spanish, b.1987). The exhibition, which is sure to indulge viewers with a plateful of comedy and cynicism, serves as the second part of a series that examines the taboos and questionable dealings of the art world, issues that have become all too real in recent years. The text-based compositions address the pitfalls of being part of a generation that grew up amidst economic decline, celebrity artists, and artificial intelligence, factors that have undeniably skewed the general public’s opinion on Contemporary Art and its purveyors. Multi-disciplinary artist, Laurina Paperina, known for her animated series How to Kill the Artists, resumes her campaign of poking fun at blue-chip art with a caricature of artist Martin Creed (British, b.1968) and his rise to fame after being awarded the Turner Prize in 2001.
Zevs, Illuminated Titian, Danae with Eros, 2013, oil and gold leaf on canvas, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY
Parisian street artist, Zevs (French, b.1977) offers a fresh perspective on Old Master works in his latest exhibition, Traffics in Icons, at De Buck Gallery. Zevs’s liquidated logos of Fortune 500 companies such as Facebook and Microsoft will be displayed alongside appropriated images of the Greek mythological princess, Danae, who bore Perseus, a son of Zeus. The artist infiltrates these paintings by taking on the role of an omnipresent God. The pseudonym Zevs, the artist’s real name being Aghirre Schwartz, is pronounced the same as that of the Father of the Gods. Using gold leaf, the artist brands the entire nude figure of Danae in currency symbols so as to link commodity riches to the lucrative business of media and its role in the sexualization of the female body.
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