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Marcus Durkheim

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20160713141456-seedslr
Is This Not Seeds, 2016 Oil on Panel
20130630193549-lulzlr
Is This Not A Lulz , 2013 Oil on Panel 16" X 20"
20130630193441-compasslr
Is This Not A Compass , 2013 Oil on Panel 16" X 20"
20160713141505-springlr
Is This Not Spring, 2016 Oil on Panel
20160713141321-dolllr
Is This Not A Doll, 2016 Oil on Panel
20120127030239-sextoylr
Is This Not A Sex Toy, 2012 Oil, Gesso, Colored Pencil on Panel 10" X 8"
20110922193848-gunlr
Is This Not A Gun, 2011 Oil on Panel 8" X 10"
20110922195123-gascanlr
Is This Not A Gas Can, 2011 Colored Pencil on Paper 12" X 9"
20110922193235-canlr
Is This Not A Can, 2011 Oil on Panel 10" X 8"
20110922193310-chairlr
Is This Not A Chair, 2011 Oil on Panel 10" X 8"
20120817002752-assaultriflelr
Is This Not An Asault Rifle, 2012 Oil on Panel 18" X 24"
20110922201813-urinallr
Is This Not A Urinal, 2011 Colored Pencil on Paper 12" X 9"
20110922193535-dingdonglr
Is This Not A Ding Dong, 2011 Oil on Panel 8" X 10"
20110922193708-frenchfrieslr
Is This Not French Fries, 2011 Oil on Panel 10" X 8"
20110922193751-greenhighheallr
Is This Not A Green High Heal, 2011 Oil on Panel 10" X 8"
20110922194050-handgrenadelr
Is This Not A Hand Grenade, 2011 Oil on Panel 16" X 12"
20110922194355-lipsticklr
Is This Not A Lipstick, 2011 Oil on Panel 16" X 12"
20110922200302-painttubelr
Is This Not A Paint Tube, 2011 Colored Pencil on Paper 9" X 12"
20110922194443-matcheslr
Is This Not Matches, 2011 Oil on Panel 16" X 12"
20110922194618-margaritalr
Is This Not A Margarita, 2011 Oil on Panel 16" X 12"
20110922200446-staplerlr
Is This Not A Stapler, 2011 Colored Pencil on Paper 9" X 12"
20110922194656-redshoelr
Is This Not A Red Shoe, 2011 Oil on Panel 8" X 10"
20110922194737-smallbottlelr
Is This Not A Small Bottle, 2011 Oil on Panel 8" X 10"
20110922194830-spydronelr
Is This Not A Spy Drone, 2011 Oil on Panel 8" X 10"
20110922201403-tapemeasurelr
Is This Not A Tape Measure, 2011 Colored Pencil on Paper 9" X 12"
20110922194909-steaklr
Is This Not A Steak, 2011 Oil on Panel 8" X 10"
20110922201508-toothbrushlr
Is This Not A Tooth Brush, 2011 Colored Pencil on Paper 9" X 12"
20110922194950-wristwatchlr
Is This Not A Wrist Watch, 2011 Oil on Panel 16" X 12"
20110922201546-toycarlr
Is This Not A Toy Car, 2011 Colored Pencil on Paper 9" X 12"
20110922202111-wrenchlr
Is This Not A Wrench, 2011 Colored Pencil on Paper 9" X 12"
20110922193156-blackberrylr
Is This Not A Blackberry, 2011 Oil on Panel 10" X 8"
20110922193055-blackwidowlr
Is This Not A Black Widow, 2011 Oil on Panel 12" X 16"
20110922194307-lemonlr
Is This Not A Lemon, 2011 Oil on Panel 8" X 10"
20120127030433-pipelr
Is This Not A Pipe, 2012 Oil, Pen, Graphite on Panel 11" X 14"
20120127030553-us_flaglr
Is This Not A US Flag, 2012 Oil, Colored Pencil, Graphite on Panel 8" X 10"
20120329163939-barbiekenlr
Is This Not Barbie & Ken, 2012 Oil, Colored Gesso on Panel 16" X 12"
20120329164110-teapotlr
Is This Not A Teapot, 2012 Oil on Panel 12" X 12"
20160713141250-bowlcherrieslr
Is This Not A Bowl of Cherries, 2016 Oil on Panel
20160713141427-fruitlr
Is This Not Fruit, 2015 Oil on Panel
20160713141427-godzillalr
Is This Not Godzilla, 2016 Oil on Panel
20160713141439-lovelr
Is This Not Love, 2016 Oil on Panel
20160713141439-monopolylr
Is This Not Monopoly, 2016 Oil on Panel
20160713141453-rocklr
Is This Not A Rock, 2015 Oil on Panel
Quick Facts
Tags
mixed-media, realism, figurative, conceptual
Statement

Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise.  Surangama Sutra

 

This body of work is an investigation into the illusive nature of physical reality and how beliefs and preconceived ideas prejudice our responses to everything around us. The objects (inanimate and animate) in these works are extensions of the self, inert avatars that acquire meaning through the associations, memories and emotions that we attach to them. A commonplace tin can may have deep meaning to one person while most of us wouldn't have any significant connection to tin cans whatsoever. Mundane objects are fetishized by a variety of belief systems, why not a tin can, or a cup cake, or? In this way the objects in this work also symbolize larger philosophical questions about human understanding and interpretation of existence even where there appears to be consensus but which turns out to be different than expected, sometimes incomprehensively so, when examined individually.

 

I use a combination of realistic and digitally abstracted imagery as reference. During the process of making the work I alter and/or omit the use of my eyes so that my relationship to the surface, the paint and the object are further altered and reconsidered. This body of work is created under a pseudonym with the intent of inserting an additional layer of ambiguity; questioning assumptions and conclusions.

 

Rene Magritte. George Eliot. Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Jean Baudrillard. Base 5. Ceci n'est pas une pipe.