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Desire Obtain Cherish, Servant to Infinite Distraction at Unix Gallery

Nuero Girl 2016
Nuero Girl, 2016, By Desire Obtain Cherish All Photos By Gail)

The contemporary fine artist known as Desire Obtain Cherish (real name: Jonathan Paul) has a new exhibit at Unix Gallery, which is called Servant to Infinite Distraction, and it is pretty sweet.

DOC Painting 1

In previous DOC exhibits, we have mostly seen the artist’s iconic, Pop Art sculptures, such as his oversized Blow Pops, but while the new exhibit does feature new sculptures, here DOC experiments with abstract canvases that mix black and white prints with thick swathes of brightly-colored oil paints, for a very cerebrally compelling visual impact. Tablets of the anticonvulsant medication Klonopin are a reoccurring motif.

Floral Pills

Pills show up on other canvases as well, such as the “painting” above, which creates a classic floral still life from pharmaceutical capsules filed with colored pigment.

Colored Pills Detail
Detail from Above Painting

Still Life with Pills

Here’s another Still Life with Pills, and a detail shot below.

Gelatin Capsules Detail

Nuero Boy 2016
Nuero Boy, 2016

The pair of white, child-scale, mannequin-like sculptures called Nuero Girl and Nuero Boy have what looks like velvet-covered, amorphous masses enveloping their heads, feet and hands. Very fun!

Unix Gallery Installation View
Installation View

Desire Obtain Cherish, Servant to Infinite Distraction will be on Exhibit Through June 18, 2016 at UNIX Gallery, located at 532 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.
DOC Signage
DOC Painting 2

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Desire Obtain Cherish: We Are Known By The Company We Keep at Unix Gallery

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All Photos By Gail

If the new standard of originality in the arts is based on how cleverly you appropriate and reinvent images and ideas from other well known sources, then LA based pop art sculptor known as Desire Obtain Cherish (real name Jonathan Paul) is a genius. We Are Known By The Company We Keep is his new solo show at Unix Gallery, and it is a mind blower.

Blow Up Doll
Some kind of Blow Up Sex Doll Thing

Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC) works across a wide variety of different media to create art that both validates and critiques the cycle of consumerism alluded to in his pseudonym. His controversial and self aware work combines pop, street, conceptual and appropriation art to explore contemporary society’s unrelenting obsession with sex, drugs, luxury, media and fame.

Here are some of our favorite works from the show.

Stuffed Honey Bear Beehive

Giant stuffed Bear Shaped Like a Beehive fills the center of the Gallery’s front room.

Hirst Spot Painting Wrapped Candy

Wrapped Candy Sculpture inspred by Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings.

Warhol Mondrian Pollack Homage

This series of conjoined canvases pays homage to Warhol, Mondrian and Pollack.

Intensive Care Units Cabinet

Intensive Care Units is an ornate display cabinet filled with rows of silver and gilt-accented “blood bags,” each of which is embossed with the name and logo of a famous designer brand.

Blood Bag Close Up
Designer Blood Bags Close Up

Metallic Lollipop Sculpture

DOC has done his Meltdown Blow Pop sculptures like these for other exhibits, but this one appears to be a direct reference to the factory-made works of Jeff Koons.

Obviously, there are many, many layers of thought and meaning behind each work, which made it even more hilarious that one woman followed me around the exhibit repeating the phrase “I Don’t Get It” over and over.

We Are Known By The Company We Keep by Desire Obtain Cherish will be on view through May 6th, 2014 at UNIX Gallery, Located at 532 W 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.