Election Day is upon us and the level of anxiety is rising. We feel caught in a downward spiral and climbing back up, rebuilding the nation’s lost greatness, is but an empty campaign slogan.
Some of us fall prey to apathy, some to cynicism, others obsess over the grave implications of the political moment. Neither of these reactions is effective nor even valid, yet not one of us is immune. Michelle Marozik’s obsession, however, found an aesthetic outlet that is informative and eye-catching. Michelle focuses our attention on the unholy marriage between capital and politics in America.
Her series Billionaires and Politicians renders in pencil over paper compositions of portraits and facts written in small, warped, insistent lettering. The effect is disquieting, perplexing, it triggers reaction. Even though the work is quietly descriptive, Michelle’s leaning can be easily determined. Yet she provides food for thought, regardless of our position in the spectrum; and though our reaction would be colored by our initial beliefs, the works do not leave us indifferent – as good political art should.
The works are on display in our window right now. You can also review the series check Michelle’s blog:
A rare & rather wide selection of Marcel Dzama’s books is gracing our window this month. Dzama - Canadian born, internationally renowned & Brooklyn based – happily coveted a certain catalogue raisonee in our window. A trading deal was struck and we ended up with, among other things, copies of the artist’s own books, exhibition catalogs and Royal Art Lodge material, all bearing Dzama’s signature accompanied by a fanciful illustration.
The selection includes some scarce exhibition catalogs from Zwirner Gallery in New York, Timothy Taylor in London, Ikon in Brmingham and Sies + Höke in Düsseldorf.
Dzama’s hallucinatory world is idiosyncratic, almost solipsistic. It’s trippy, morbid, violent, but primarily funny.
His organic subjects, part human, part beasts, part trees, moving in naturally decorative surroundings, hellish background or blank space, wielding guns and shedding blood, combine a child-like pastoral & naive style with a world weary cynicism.
Among the collection we also got Dzama’s republication of another Marcel – Duchamp’s Opposition and Sister Squares Reconciled (Salon Verlag, 2011). A semi-forgotten work designated as a chess book for artists and an artbook for chess players.
Anyone who meets Dzama in person notes with surprise his quiet demeanor and his human warmth. Is it his work or his success that makes one expect anything different? – We are proud and lucky to have him among our patrons.