Dash Snow, I Love You, Stupid!
"There is no real New York."
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2013
11 x 7.2 inches (27.9 x 18.4 cm)
Andy Warhol, 172 Could Top 200 (New York Post, page three), c.1983
Warhol’s work presents the intersection of artistic expression and advertisement with celebrity culture. Bid on this work from our Text auction and own a piece from the renowned artist.
Karma and Gladstone Gallery invite you to join
Carroll Dunham and Alison Gingeras
for a conversation to celebrate the publication of
Bathers Trees by Carroll Dunham
Monday, November 4th, 2013. 6-8pm
The conversation will begin promptly at 6:30pm
39 Great Jones St
New York NY 10012
Go see it
My interview with Coleman Guyon a couple of years ago!
Pick Me Up And Turn Me Round (Press Release)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pick Me Up And Turn Me Round
November 14—December 21, 2013 Opening reception: November 14, 6-8 PM
Chase Martin firstname.lastname@example.org 1.859.749.9765
(Lexington, KY) Institute 193 is pleased to present Pick Me Up And Turn Me Round, an exhibition of new paintings and graphite drawings by the artist Aaron Skolnick. Skolnick uses imagery gleaned from media coverage of the 1963 Kennedy assassination to explore the unreliability of memory and the mutable nature of the past. This exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
JFK’s presidency and his subsequent murder have become the subjects of a fraught national mythology, the bare facts laden with Cold War symbolism and conspiracy theory. His tenure is often remembered as a glamorous golden age—“Camelot”—defined by hope and youthful vigor. Only relatively recently has JFK’s legacy been subjected to more clear- eyed analysis. The political realities of the Kennedy years do not bear out the flattering legends.
For Skolnick, JFK is a symbol for savvy celebrity image control, a germane example for the present age of inescapable social media and carefully tended online personae. Skolnick’s work comments on this manipulation of reality, and explores its effect on both personal recollection and broader, societal memory.
In each of these paintings and drawings, Skolnick subtly alters images culled from the media storm surrounding JFK’s assassination. In one delicate graphite drawing of John and Jackie Kennedy, Skolnick has erased the first lady, leaving only a faint palimpsest on the textured paper. In a larger work, he has painted the front page of the Dallas Morning News in gouache, lavishing attention on images and headlines, but obscuring almost all text. Other pieces in the exhibition play with perspective, homing in on certain details while obscuring others.
Skolnick’s work demonstrates impressive technical skill, but his subject matter is tantalizingly dishonest. By amending images from documentary journalism, he underscores the superficiality of memory, and the ease with which the circumstances of the past can be
revised in the present. Myths can take on a life of their own, and often have greater staying power than the facts.
Skolnick earned his B.F.A. from the University of Kentucky. His work was recently included in the group exhibition Face Value: The Portrait in Contemporary Art at the Kentucky School for Art (Louisville). He curated and participated in the exhibition Wayward Bound at Rare Gallery (NYC) and has organized an upcoming exhibition at the Speed Museum (Louisville).
Pick Me Up and Turn Me Round will be on view at Institute 193, 193 N. Limestone St., Lexington, KY through December 21. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Institute 193 with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
LexArts has provided funding support for Institute 193 through its Fund for the Arts.