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Cristin Tierney is pleased to present Mark Dean Veca: Ma de for You and Me opening January 31st and on view through March 9th\, 2013. The artist will be present at the opening reception.

Kn own for creating paintings\, drawings and installations of surreal cartoons \, psychedelic landscapes\, and pop culture iconography\, Mark Dean Veca ha s created a new body of work around the theme of Americana. In Made for You and Me\, Veca references capitalism\, nationalism\, and the Ameri can spirit through paintings on canvas that reflect a culture in decline. < br />
Feeling as though he was witnessing the collapse of the "Ameri can Dream\," Veca began these paintings in 2009 to address the corruption o f ideals in this country. The title of the exhibition comes from Woody Guth rie's popular folk song\, This Land Is Your Land - a song original ly meant to express communist sentiments that has been co-opted to represen t the spirit of capitalism and growth. Veca's latest work can be understood as a form of Sinister Pop\, with images from our consumer culture--Exxon M obil's Pegasus\, the Monopoly logo\, dollar signs--twisted and transformed into dark\, slightly maniacal forms. This is best exemplified by the image of Reddy Kilowatt. Once an emblem of consumption\, Veca has revived this ch aracter as a symbol of our ever greater dependence on electrical power and our embrace of consumption rather than conservation.

Born in 1 963\, in Shreveport\, Louisiana\, Veca studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Veca has exhibited throughout the United States\, Europe and Japan at institutions such as the San Jose Museum of Art\, The Aldrich Muse um of Contemporary Art\, MoMA PS 1\, The Brooklyn Museum of Art\, The Bronx Museum of Art\, The Drawing Center\, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art\ , and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

In 2011\, Veca com pleted a New York City Department of Cultural of Affairs Percent for Art co mmission for the Spruce Street School at 8 Spruce Street - the Frank Gehry building in lower Manhattan. He was named Honoree of the Jennifer Howard Co leman Distinguished Lectureship and Residency at Otis College of Art and De sign in 2008 and in 2006\, he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Gran t. Amongst his many honors\, Veca has thrice received the New York Foundati on for the Arts Fellowship in painting and has held residencies at institut ions such as the Bronx Museum\, the MacDowell Colony\, and Villa Montalvo.< /p> DTEND:20130309 DTSTAMP:20140421T090954 DTSTART:20130131 GEO:40.752169;-74.003732 LOCATION:Tierney Gardarin Gallery\,546 West 29th Street \nNew York\, NY 10 001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Made for You and Me \, Mark Dean Veca UID:255889 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130131T200000 DTSTAMP:20140421T090954 DTSTART:20130131T180000 GEO:40.752169;-74.003732 LOCATION:Tierney Gardarin Gallery\,546 West 29th Street \nNew York\, NY 10 001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Made for You and Me \, Mark Dean Veca UID:255890 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR