Jim Kempner Fine Art

Oh You Pretty Things

John Grande

'Oh You Pretty Things'

January 16 - February 23, 2014

Oh You Pretty Things is a contemporary exploration of appropriation art, merging topical imagery from art history and the media. Grande’s hybrid paintings confront the viewer with pervasive issues of mass production, thus expounding the fatalism inherent to the art world and media alike. In 2012, Grande visited Damien Hirst’s mega exhibition The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011 at Gagosian Gallery. Grande’s initial reaction was that something was missing. This dissonance created a conceptual spark in Grande, who used the image of the dots as a guise for the beauty and tragedy associated with being in the spotlight. Grande painted the dots over black and white images of celebrities who have fallen victim to the media, which act as colorful veils over a deeper disturbing truth. Some of these celebrities include Whitney Houston, Truman Capote, Kurt Coban, Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland, and Damien Hirst himself. The portraits are borrowed from Richard Avedon and other renowned photographers.

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Exhibition Image, 2014.
Exhibition Image, 2014.


John Grande