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New Image Art Gallery

Exhibition Detail
yeah the fucking crap of life
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046


February 21st, 2009 - March 21st, 2009
Opening: 
February 21st, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
, Megan WhitmarshMegan Whitmarsh
© New Image Art Gallery
, Matt FurieMatt Furie
© New Image Art Gallery
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I am a child of the 70s whose sense of futurism was informed by Star Wars (fucked up dusty robots) instead of Tomorrow Land. A future with entropy and drug use and creeping weeds growing into the cracks between the scratched plexiglass windows of the geodesic dome house. Bits of yarn and dusty houseplants. Lest you think this sounds bleak remember I am speaking of futurism, which is generally utopian and since utopia is nowhere, perhaps the healthiest kind of futurism is that which admits entropy and flux. Even entropy itself is comforting in some way because perfection is suspicious. Worn and dusty can mean well-loved too. Who loves the Stepford Wife?


The visual noise of my youth wasn't only Reagan and the Day After, it also contained optimism and complexity: Joni Mitchell & Bob Dylan, Mork & Mindy, The Muppets and punk rock. Like many of my generation, I use this visual noise of my youth as inspiration, rather than the history of art.

Every piece in this show originates from the same themes that I have been codifying, in some way, my whole life. When I make a giant mountain of handmade trash I am lost in the fun of making, and feel like a kid making a fort, but one that is commenting on all the crap in the world. In the end I must resign myself to the fact that I have just added a bunch more crap to the world of course, but this seems inevitable to an artist and human. I try to remain optimistic. I like art that is generous in spirit and amateurish in the sense that it inspires rather than intimidates.

I consider art a practice of transformation. Everything is old and yet new. We cannot expect to make new energy but we must reinvent, recycle and transform what exists already. Life is a spiral, an oscillating cycle. Making art is my attempt to synthesize my optimistic vision of the future with my pragmatic appraisal of the world I inhabit.

 


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