June 6 - July 6, 2013 Artist's Reception Thursday, June 6th, 2013 6-8pm
Chrisa Biddy turns to Facebook and other social networks for inspiration for his oil and watercolor paintings. His subjects are self-represented, captured via their smart phones or digital cameras, and observed within the context of their respective lives. Biddy uses these vernacular images to transport the subject from its original common state--a snapshot, to a pared down representation of our current social media zeitgeist.
Comprised of small realistic oil and watercolor paintings, most averaging only 4 x 6 inches in size, the subject matter of Mobile Uploads explores the world of seemingly indifferent characters, with a tinge of angst. The subjects are navigating the social networking scene via the immediacy of 'point-shoot-and-post'. Although it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, the colloquial images that serve as Biddy's source material are apparent one-liners that say: "LOOK AT ME!"
The youth portrayed in Biddy's work are generally teetering between innocence and self-awareness and often exhibit culpable or imprudent behaviors. Unlike many artists who turn to the Internet, Biddy does not try to elevate the ordinary aspects of his subjects. Rather, he choses to accentuate their foolish and boastful behavior. Like watching a train wreck; you just can't divert your eyes.
Voyeurism, exploitation, subversion, sexual exploration, etc., are all words that can be associated with Biddy's work. At the end of the day, it is simply a boy painting girls, all the while ignoring the trappings of the femme fatale and political correctness. The subjects have allowed themselves to enter a world wide web of unknown onlookers and the artist has catapulted the impermanence and awkwardness of a snapshot to the permanence and artfulness of painting.
Chrisa Biddy is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO. His work is included in the collections of the Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (NMOCA) in Overland Park, Kansas. This is his first solo exhibition with Lyons Wier Gallery. He lives and works in New York City.
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Lyons Wier Gallery 542 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011 Tel: +1 212 242 6220 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lyonswiergallery.com
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7 June - 27 July 2013
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The approach, London presents JACK LAVENDER - Dreams Chunky
6 June - 28 July 2013
Jack Lavender draws from a world of mass-produced objects, transforming their singular banality through their composition within such structures as grids and metal armatures. Sitting between the disciplines of painting, sculpture and collage, Lavender brings different elements together to create a new entity.