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April the 2nd was another exciting Sunday at Theodore:A
It’s a very rare treat to be able to work with LaForge himself. He is a master of invention.
Scooter LaForge is having a show in London! see you at the private view!
A sneak peek of what is to come. I am flying to London today, if you are in London, please join me.
22nd March – 10th April 2018
Jealous East, 53 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT
Private View Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 7—9pm
Jealous is proud to present The Odyssey, a show of paintings and prints by New York-based artist Scooter LaForge. This is his debut show in London, curated by legendary DJ Seth Troxler.
Fairytales gone wrong—inhabited by sexy boys and subversive fairies masquerading and transforming into cyclopes, nymphs, magical creatures, angels, and monsters—have always been a natural terrain for Scooter’s paintings.
His 2015 exhibition at Howl! Happening gallery in NYC, How to Create a Monsterpiece, centered on an adaptation of Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp; the doctor’s students morphed into clowns and a blue bear, the corpse now a jester. Forbes honored the show on their 10 best list of the year—yet Scooter is able to inspire the popular imagination beyond the constraints of the art world. He travels fluidly between being a painter’s painter and the mores of fashion. His canvas is as shape shifting as his allegories, be it properly mounted on stretcher bars, body painting, painting on clothing, or directly on walls.
In the Jealous show, Scooter’s painterly adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey merges the existent and the imaginary, just as the latter combined history with ancient Greek mythology.
Polyphemus; Who’s No Body? (2018), the first print Scooter created at Jealous Print Studio, originated from an actual body-painting of the face and clothing of his friend and fellow artist Joel Handorff, transforming Joel into an imaginary cyclop. Odysseus’ cunning claim to Polyphemus of being ‘nobody’ becomes an allegory of the artist’s rouse.
Another work in the show, The Lotus Eaters (2018), is Scooter’s adaptation of the tragic downfall of Odysseus’ men, who were intoxicated by the fruit of the lotus flower. For Scooter, the tale relates to drug and alcohol issues in today’s society. He paints a contemporary-looking still life of a vase in which wilting cut flowers with human faces—perhaps carnivorous—allude to the inebriated men.
In addition to paintings, prints, and wall murals, a signed edition of 20 catalogs accompanies the show—each one a hybrid of hand painted t-shirt and book.
Oliver Wasow , Flash, 1984, archival pigment print, 16 x 24 inches. On view now in Oliver Wasow Selected Works 1983-2017 - @onwasow #oliverwasow #artificiallandscape #vernacularphotography #photography #contemporaryart #photoshop #dystopia #ufo #photographicveracity #ufo #manmade #picturesgeneration
Oliver Wasow Selected Works 1983-2017 - opens Friday March 2.
Oliver Wasow occupies a unique place in the history of photography. He began his career as a younger member of the Pictures Generation and has remained consistently in the vanguard of technological innovation and issues central to contemporary photographic discourse. His pre-digital work of the 1980s anticipated the seismic shifts brought on by the digital revolution today, addressing photographic veracity, the cultural production of spectacle, post-production practice, and questions of authorship and ownership.
#oliverwasow #picturesgeneration #photography #vernaculaphotography #falselandscapes #photographicveracity #photography #contemporaryart #bushwickartgalleries #56bogart @onwasow
Have you seen us on Artspace yet? You should!
Interested in listening to artists discussing their work? or just in the mood to schmooze? come on down.
Artist/writer David Colman joins Peter Krashes, Andy Monk, Elissa Levy, Brian Dupont, and Andrew Witkin for a discussion about the work in On Message, social responsibility, personal belief, aesthetics, and more.