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September 15, 2009

{     D*Face Installation at Jonathan LeVine     }    

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To complement the exquisite corpse theme of London-based sculptor and street artist D*Face's site-specific installation at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC titled "Ludovico Aversion Therapy / All Your Dreams Belong To Us", the artist has unveiled on opening night an 8’ x 12’ piece in an unfinished state that will change over time. Beginning with an image of the artist’s own eyes, D*Face plans to add additional layers individually over the exhibition’s run (thru October 10th), so that visitors may return to see the work develop gradually into it’s completed state.

More info on the show following the jump!

From Jonathan LeVine Gallery:

The show title Ludovico Aversion Therapy references a futuristic human behavior reconditioning treatment from A Clockwork Orange (the 1972 cult-classic film by Stanley Kubrick), in which the patient’s eyelids are forced open to watch disturbing footage containing subliminal messages. Artist statement: “If you've ever wondered what goes on inside of my mind, this body of work is it. A visual interpretation of lucid dreams—the replaying, disassembly and reconfiguring of images held in one’s mind... it's as much ‘Exquisite Corpse’ as everyday Ludovico Aversion Therapy.”

Re-interpreting the exquisite corpse concept, each piece in Ludovico Aversion Therapy features a singular composite subject created using an amalgamation of various branded corporate identity mascots combined with classic superhero characters, interspersed with typography derived from comic book art and advertising. Having spliced these elements into thin segments of recognizable information, the artist scrambles the pieces then stacks them vertically, re-assigning features to form mismatched conglomerate faces and deliver a powerfully graphic impact. To complement his theme, the three-panel 8' x 12' focal point of the artist’s site-specific installation will be unveiled on opening night in an unfinished state, and then change over time. Beginning with an image of the artist’s own eyes on a black background, D*Face will add additional layers individually over the exhibition’s run, so that visitors may return to see the work develop gradually into it’s completed state.

Paintings and etchings in this exhibition feature the artist’s signature tongue-in-cheek aesthetic, known for creating two and three-dimensional work using a variety of mediums and techniques. Incorporating pop iconography with satirical commentary and anti-establishment values, D*Face questions the increasing turnover and bombardment of imagery by the media as well as how much (if any and what parts) we recall, digest and retain. Extracting elements from the endless stream of visual stimuli absorbed daily by our conscious and subconscious, the artist re-works and subverts imagery appropriated from comics, currency, corporate advertising, and cultural figures—drawing from decades of materialistic consumption in our media-saturated society.


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