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San Francisco

Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art

Exhibition Detail
1981 Pervert
1 Sutter Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94104


July 2nd, 2009 - August 22nd, 2009
Opening: 
July 10th, 2009 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
She didn\'t represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but she spoke for far horizon, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA),
She didn't represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but she spoke for far horizon,
2009, Vinyl and UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 30 x 41 inches
Love is like the sea, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it\'s different with every shore, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA),
Love is like the sea, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore,
2009, UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 46 x 36 inches
Bawdy, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA), Bawdy,
2009, UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 9.5 x 13 inches
Hussy, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA), Hussy,
2009, UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 9.5 x 13 inches
Kink, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA), Kink,
2009, UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 9.5 x 13 inches
Peep, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA), Peep,
2009, UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 9.5 x 13 inches
He\'s kissin your foot, and it ain\'t in a man to kiss a foot long, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA),
He's kissin your foot, and it ain't in a man to kiss a foot long,
2009, Vinyl and UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 24 x 33.5 inches
Any woman who walks in the way of power and property is bound to meet hate, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA),
Any woman who walks in the way of power and property is bound to meet hate,
2009, UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 48 x 34 inches
Daylight was creepin around the cracks of the world, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA),
Daylight was creepin around the cracks of the world,
2009, UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 36 x 30 inches
You ain\'t never seen me whem I\'m out pleasurin\' and givin pleasure, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA),
You ain't never seen me whem I'm out pleasurin' and givin pleasure,
2009, UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 21.5 x 29 inches
Wall installation, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA), Wall installation,
2009
It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful, Dennis McNulty (USA)Dennis McNulty (USA),
It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful,
2009, Vinyl and UV inks on Rives BFK paper, 28.5 x 40 inches
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> DESCRIPTION

1981. “Morning in America.” Inauguration and attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Worst recession since the 30s. Emergence of AIDS. Launch of MTV, the IBM PC, Tattoo You, and the De Lorean. Keith Haring sprays subways, Guernica returns to Madrid, Ali loses his last bout, Sandra Day O’Connor is the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Dennis McNulty, age 6, develops an intense fascination with the patterns, palettes, and compositions of the pinup illustrations, car ads, and images of menswear featured in his father’s collection of Playboy.

 

Twenty-eight years later, McNulty re-engages the colors, shapes, and layouts of early 1980s men’s magazine design, zeroing in on the genre’s own re-engagement of the pinup icons of the 1940s and 1950s. Mindful of the broader definitions of “pervert” as both noun and verb, McNulty distorts the quasi-underground tradition of pinup art, presenting it not as nostalgia or historical quotation, but as a subjective, personal aesthetic interpretation. The results are provocative, infused with a disquieting sexual force that is by turns amusing and unsettling.


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