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BravinLee programs is very pleased to present 100 Little Dea ths by Tom Sanford\, opening New Year’s Eve\, 6-9pm.

Tom Sanfo rd set out to draw one hundred notable individuals who passed away in 2012 with the idea of “Petite Morte” in mind. Translated literally\, this means  “little death” but it is often used colloquially to mean orgasm.  It is a b eautifully romantic notion\, that with each orgasm a little part of one’s s elf dies and is gone forever\; each person held particular interest for San ford.  100 Little Deaths will open on New Year’s Eve.

In our p ost-Warholian culture\, we celebrate the lives of the famous with a brief e cstatic excitement\, a metaphorical cultural media orgasm. We read obituari es and articles about them\, post on Facebook and Twitter\, listen to their songs on the radio\, watch TV specials and YouTube videos about their live s and accomplishments. Inevitably\, however\, the excitement fades and with each of these deaths\, we have lost something forever.

Sanfo rd\, was able to meditate on each individual\, as he drew\, remembering the ir unique contributions\, and according to Sanford\, “As the drawings of th ose who passed away in 2012 accumulated\, I realized that to see them all t ogether would be very powerful.  Installed together I hope that my 100 Litt le Deaths shows the immensity of what we lose every year. The wall of drawi ngs becomes a mausoleum for 2012.” Among the portraits represented are poli tical figures\; music legends\; cultural icons of our youth such as Davy Jo nes and Donna Summer\; noteworthy artists\, Thomas Kinkade\, Franz West\, a nd Will Barnet\; publishers\; religious leaders\; comediennes\; and news wo rthy individuals such as Rodney King and Joe Paterno.  The list goes on.

In wishing to bring levity to a very serious and somewhat somber project\, Sanford embarked on his most ambitiously scaled painting\, measu ring 8 feet by 16 feet.  Sanford states “The painting is of an airport depa rtures cocktail lounge where each of the 100 Little Deaths are depicted gat hering for a last drink before they board flights to oblivion. I executed t his painting in a more cartoonish manner and is intended to be a Mad Magazi ne meets Jorg Immendorff style purgatory scene of the dead before they depa rt\, finally and forever.”

To further lionize the departed\, S anford invited other artists to make small works of one of the individuals for BravinLee’s project room. The artists include: Graham Preston\, Jessica Ellis\, Shay Kun\, Rudy Shepherd\, Les Rogers\, Jonathan Allen\, Dan Heidk amp\, Kelli Williams\, Joe Heaps Nelson\, Noah Becker\, Eric White\, Nic Ra d\, Daniel Davidson\, Taylor McKimens\, Kristen Schiele\, Ryan Schneider\, Aaron Johnson\, Michael Hilsman\, Sydney Chastain-Chapman\, Michael Scoggin s\, Robin Willimas\, Josh Jordan\, Ridley Howard\, Holly Coulis\, Natalie F rank\, Paul Brainard\, Jeremy Willis\, Jeff Beebe\, Michael Anderson\, Guy Richards Smit\, Michael Bevilacqua\, Francesca Neiman\, Alfred Steiner\, Er ic Doeringer\, Peter Daverington\, Thomas Broadbent\, Dawn Frasch\, Nina Ch anel Abney\, Kevin Klein\, Erin McNalley and Aaron Zimmerman.
 
Tom Sanford lives and works in New York and has exhibited internationally .  He has enjoyed solo shows at Leo Koenig Gallery in New York\, Galleri Fa rschou in Copenhagen\, Galleri Poulson in Copenhagen\, and Gallery Zidoun i n Luxembourg\, and group shows at ACME in Los Angeles and Freight and Volum e in New York\, among many others. He recently completed a temporary public art project that was curated by Keith Schweitzer\, ArtUp\, FABnyc\, and in stalled on scaffolding on the Lower East Side in New York.

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