Don't Tell Mama Gallery Presents
D3N!@L : THIS IS NOT THE ART YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.
Opening Reception : Thursday June 7th 2012, 7pm - 10pm
Exhibition Dates: June 7th – June 30th
*Private viewings available upon special request.
About the Exhibition:
"This is not the art you are looking for" is a colourful, somewhat humorous exploration into the over stimulating world of media, advertising and design by Canadian street artist D3N!@L. He's put together an entirely new collection of over 40 works for the show. The pieces - done in mediums ranging from neon installations to 3-dimensional sculptural "provocations" - are almost all new.
The theme of the show, however, is not new - it is an evolved one.
How does one maintain a sense of identity in a society that is slowly being suffocated by an animus of pure commercialism? In fact, is there even a need for personal identity when nearly every facet of a person's existence is shaped by his or her role as a consumer. Notable exceptions around the globe notwithstanding, man has never been so free as he presumably is now. However, this liberty and self-awareness is practically a dead issue as you cannot buy anything with a creed and your character is not a thing taken into account by a credit rating.
The dystopian visionaries who predicted all this are probably smiling now - albeit sadly. And like this eminently skilled and angry artist, they probably appreciate the call to action that is coded within the exhibition.
About the Artist:
D3N!@L or DENIAL, is a Canadian graffiti and mixed-media artist and designer. In 2000 he created and adopted the graffiti moniker "D3N!@L" as a signature as well as an alter ego for his creative work. The pseudonym "D3N!@L" is an alpha-numerical phonetic spelling representing his first name which he uses as his signature and tag. By definition it is meant to poke fun at modern advertising, politics and media messages that society is often "in denial" about. Denial is well known for his prolific guerrilla style marketing campaigns which take aim publicly at such ideas as social justice, pop culture, media and new world order conspiracy theory. With over 500,000 of his adhesive insignias being displayed in public places around the world the DENIAL project has become more of a conceptual piece of marketing absurdism.
Don't Tell Mama Gallery
108 Ossington Avenue - 2nd Floor
Hours of Operation: Tues-Sat 1pm-7pm
416 516 DONT (3668)
Gallery Contact: Paolo Dalla Rosa
Website – www.denialart.com
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