It’s Yayoi’s World, and we just Live in It.
Pop Surrealism is a genre of painting that never gets tiresome for me. Connecticut based Artist Robert Deyber paints realist-style visual renderings of clichés, euphemisms and popular sayings or phrases, to create surreal, dreamlike tableaus that really take the viewer elsewhere. I love his work.
Despite his keen sense of humor and the visually absurd, Robert Deyber is a seriously skilled painter. Much like solving Rebus Puzzles, the fun in observing Deyber’s paintings is trying to deduce the title from the images on the canvas. Sometimes it’s really easy and obvious, and at other times quite confounding. You can even make a game of it with your friends!
Here are some of my favorites from Thursday night’s opening reception, where I had the chance to meet Robert, and he was very nice!
Martin Lawrence Galleries is located at 457 West Broadway (Between Houston and Prince) in Soho, NY.
At last! I’ve found a purse that will match These Shoes!
Coke Can Purse Features:
- Adorable small purse looks like a Coca-Cola Can
- Detachable chain strap and metal clasp enclosure
- Made out of Polyurethane material
- Size: 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
Priced at only $23.99, get one before they’reall gone, at This Link!
The Image Above Courtesy of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. All Other Photos by Gail Worley
Worley Gig has taken a bit of a break from Gallery hopping this summer: partly because lots of the galleries are on their summer hiatus and partly because we’ve just been too busy doing other fun things. Oh, New York Contemporary Art Scene, how we have missed you. But what better way to get re-immersed in the vibrant Chelsea gallery scene than with Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s latest group show, Détournement: Signs of the Times, brilliantly curated by Carlo McCormick, which opened this past Thursday. We’d especially like to thank the gallery’s Associate Director, Malena Seldin for allowing The Gig to photograph the show in the empty gallery prior to the start of Thursday night’s opening reception.
Much like Opera Gallery’s Streets of The World group show this past May, Détournement features the work of many of the most famous contemporary pop and street artists currently working, including:
AIKO, Dan Witz, David Wojnarowicz (estate), Dylan Egon, EINE, Ilona Granet, Jack Pierson, John Law (Jack Napier), Leo Fitzpatrick, Mark Flood, Martin Wong (estate), Max Rippon (RIPO), Mike Osterhout, Posterboy, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers (aka ESPO), TrustoCorp, Will Boone and Zevs.
Carlo McCormick offers the following statement about the show:
A détournement is a detour of sorts, but not so much along the scenic route as over the tougher road that goes more directly to the truth. A more proximate translation from the French might be a derailment, but I’m not sure English is so well suited to get both the violence and hilarity of the term. Since coined by the Lettrist International in the 1950s, it has served various generations as a common strategy by which to subvert consensus visual language so as to turn the expressions of capitalist culture against themselves. The most typical folkloric version we encounter of a détournement is when someone writes a word at the bottom of a stop sign, so that with say just three letters this mundane road command might read “Stop War.”
Traffic Signs for the Hearing Impaired By Martin Wong (estate)
The idea of an artist co-opting a popular commercial slogan or iconic symbol is not new, but it is done here in ways that create a visceral reaction in the viewer and encourage imaginative extrapolation and discourse. Not to mention, but you can see I am about to, the fact that this show just makes a gorgeous visual presentation. A few of my favorite images are Dan Witz’s series of “Do Not Enter” signs, which range from whimsical to horrifying.
Ron English also gets one entire wall of the rear gallery dedicated to his mural comprised of a series of darkly satirical grocery store flyers, accompanied by one of his popular reoccurring characters, the sexually anthropomorphized cow:
Of course, two of our favorite brands, Coca Cola and Apple, do not escape unscathed:
If you’re outside the tri-state area you can view the works of Detournement online and read more about the exhibit and participating artists at This Link. Otherwise, make a trip to see the show in person before it closes at the end of this month.
See More Photos from this Exhibit After the Jump!
Detournement: Signs of the Times will be on exhibit through August 25, 2012 only at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street (West of 10th Avenue), 9th Floor in Chelsea, NYC. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
I would eat it.
Coke is the Real Thing
Given a choice, I’ll always choose Coke over Pepsi, and I especially have a fondness for Coke collectibles and memorabilia, of which I have a tiny collection. So I was especially attracted to the website Cola Plaza, run by Xander – an avid collector of Coca-Cola cans, bottles and other Coke related memorabilia whose collection of over 8,000 different Coke cans is really quite impressive. Xander lives in the Netherlands and will gladly answer any question you have about soda can trivia if you email him at email@example.com.
Thanks to Neatorama for the tip!
I found this image on FaceBook and did a little Googling around the Internet see if there was any information about whether or not this a real product. Hmmm…it seems like a joke, but there is a Myspace page claiming it’s a prototype flavor currently being test marketed. I invite my fellow bacon fans to do your own Googling and let me know what you uncover. That is all.
And speaking of Bacon Soda…?
Thanks to Swaminandaji for the image!
Designer Roberto Cavalli, in a joint Venture with Coca Cola, has designed these totally rad Animal Print Coca Cola Light Bottles that, unfortunately, are being sold (in a “limited edition” of just 300,000) in Italy only. Drat! And if the comment thread attached to the above link is any indication, they apparently aren’t going over too well with the pop culture design snobs that trawl The Dieline Dot Com — which only makes me love them more!!!