Arts+Leisure: Your Bad Self - 12 Sept 2015 to 1 Nov 2015
Erik den Breejen Self Portrait as Brian Wilson (I Just Wasn't Made for These Times), 2015
Acrylic on canvas
28 x 22 inches
Your Bad Self @ Arts+Leisure
September 12th - November 1st, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12th, 7 - 10pm
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question.”
― James Joyce, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”
In this age of Instagram, the selfie is the feel-good tonic for the masses – fast, ubiquitious, cheap and easy. But what do selfies actually convey about their subjects? Ultimately, very little. We see only the surface, the exterior, the shallow self - readymade for social media. Selfies, like friends on Facebook, encourage a kind of widespread depersonalization, faces without real meaning, intimacy or connection. The dumbing down of the individual and the Id.
On the other hand, the artists included in Your Bad Self delve deeper. They explore and portray a wide variety of selves, in particular focusing on that other, less accessible self – what Jung refers to as the “shadow self”. Whether through debt or difference or hardship or segregation from society, artists have the ability to convey a mysterious, hidden, more elusive self – and have been doing so for hundreds of years. Rembrandt, Van Eyck, Van Gogh, Beckmann, Kahlo, Bacon, Samaras, Close and Basquiat are just a few artists who have contributed indelible portraits of themselves to the world, for the enrichment of mankind. Your Bad Self presents thirty-three contemporary artists’ unique self-portraits which form a welcome antidote to the proliferation of the “Good Self”, the gleeful, smiling, vacant, social media selfies.
Is now here: the painter's
Reflected face, in which we linger, receiving
Dreams and inspirations on an unassigned
Frequency, but the hues have turned metallic,
The curves and edges are not so rich. Each person
Has one big theory to explain the universe
But it doesn't tell the whole story
And in the end it is what is outside him
That matters, to him and especially to us
Who have been given no help whatever
In decoding our own man-size quotient and must rely
On second-hand knowledge.
- John Ashbery
“Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror”
This salon-style group exhibition includes:
David Baskin, Tess Bilhartz, Ross Bleckner, Erik den Breejen, Maria Calandra, Jennifer Coates, Quentin Curry, Joshua Dildine, Karen Finley, Charley Friedman, Chambliss Giobbi, Jean Paul Gomez, Rebecca Goyette, Anthony Haden-Guest, Elizabeth Huey, David Humphrey, Peter Hutchinson, Samuel Jablon, George Jenne, Aaron Johnson, Peik Larsen, Nick Lawrence, Cristina de Miguel, Sophia Narrett, Margaux Ogden, Archie Rand, Tom Sanford, Kristen Schiele, Dana Schutz, Damian Stamer, Jeffrey Shagawat, Jennifer Sullivan and Barnaby Whitfield.
It is with great pleasure we present Your Bad Self at Arts+Leisure from Sept 12th- Oct 11th, 2015, with an accompanying full-color catalog designed by Ninze Chen, with text by Scott Indrisek and Nick Lawrence. Opening Reception Saturday, Sept 12th from 7-10 pm. Refreshments will be served.
- Nick Lawrence
Owner, director, publisher