Tag Archive | Spot Paintings

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.

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John Grande’s Oh You Pretty Things at Jim Kempner Fine Art

Damien Hirst By John Grande
Damien Dot: Portrait of Damien Hirst by John Grande (All Photos By Gail)

Wedged between viewing rad new art by both Lynda Benglis and Herb Alpert, we popped into Jim Kempner on 23rd and 10th during last Thursday’s Art Crawl to check out a very fun exhibit. Taking Appropriation Art to a hilarious new level, painter John Grande presents his new series of portraits depicting pop culture icons superimposed with the distinctive design of Damien Hirst’s famous Spot Paintings. That Hirst himself is honored in the show is pure brilliance.

Ian Curtis By John Grande
Ian Dot

Some of the celebrities featured in the series include Whitney Houston, Truman Capote, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland and Andy Warhol. The portraits are borrowed from Richard Avedon and other renowned photographers. He must have had a good time dealing with all of the licensing!

Judy Garland By John Grande
Judy Dot

Whitney Houston By John Grande
Whitney Dot

Jim Kempner is the rare gallery that always has a few things going on in addition to their featured exhibit, so drop by next time you are in the neighborhood.

Kurt Cobain By John Grande
Kurt Dot

John Grande’s Oh You Pretty Things Will be on Exhibit through February 23rd, 2014 at Jim Kempner Fine Art, Located at 501 West 23rd Street, on the Northwest corner of 23rd Street and Tenth Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District, NYC.

Jimi Hendrix By John Grande
Jimi Dot

Damien Hirst Skate Deck

Damien Hirst Skate Deck
Photo By Gail

The New Museum of Contemporary Art on Bowery in NYC is selling this Damien Hirst Spot Painting Skateboard Deck in its gift shop, but I didn’t even bother to look at the sale price. Seen here with Skull Bunny Playboy-inspired logo Designed by Lawrence Weiner with Artwork by Richard Prince. Functional Art!

30 Seconds to Mars Unveil New Album Art by Damien Hirst

30 SecondsTo Mars Hirst Artwork

30 Seconds to Mars, featuring actor Jared Leto on guitar and lead vocals, has unveiled the name and the release date for its fourth studio album. Love Lust Faith + Dreams will hit all the usual outlets on May 21st, 2013. The album features 12 new tracks, including the first single, “Up in the Air”, which is now available at all digital retailers.

Featured on the album’s packaging are two paintings instantly recognizable to art fans as being from English artist Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings series. The cover painting is titled Isonicotinic Acid Ethyl Ester, while a second painting, Monochromatic Sectors from Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Colour Ring, Dark Centre will be printed onto the CD itself.

Here’s the track list for Love Lust Faith + Dreams:

“Birth”
“Conquistador “
“Up in the Air”
“City of Angels”
“The Race”
“End of All Days”
“Pyres of Varanasi”
“Bright Lights”
“Do or Die”
“Convergence”
“Northern Lights”
“Depuis Le Début”

Damien Hirst Inspired Backpacks Sell for $55 K!

Damien Hirst Pills Backpack

Talk about an unexpected alliance. Luxury fashion accessory retailer, Just One Eye has announced a new project based on a collaboration between renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen’s handbag company, The Row. You can’t make this stuff up.

Created in a limited edition of 12 pieces in each of nine designs, and with a portion of each sale to benefit UNICEF, these works blur the line between high art and high fashion. Signed by the artist, each backpack features uniquely individual embellishments, from an assortment of prescription pills (an homage to the Medicine Cabinets series), to Hirst’s signature Spot Paintings. These Backpacks will sell for around $55,000 each (not a misprint) but you have to call for an exact price. Available from 12/12/12, or maybe already sold out, at This Link.

Damien Hirst Spot Backpack