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Desire Obtain Cherish

來自雲端的氣體

明知雲端世界如彩虹般虛幻,你卻依舊無法自拔-D.O.C

3.16 – 4.30

開放: Daily 10am – 7pm
Bluerider 敦仁館 Dun-Ren gallery
台北市大安區大安路一段101巷10號1F
1F, No.10, Ln 101, Sec 1, Daan Rd., Taipei

 

 

藝術家 Desire Obtain Cherish,畢業於紐約知名藝術學校 Parsons School of Design,擁有廣告和藝術理論背景。混合了街頭藝術、普普藝術與挪用的創作手法,他利用諷刺性的商業符號企圖驅動社會議題的討論。知名媒體 BLOUIN ARTINFO 形容他是「用最美麗與刺激的藝術外表、來包裝社會的良知」。從 DOC的別名也可以看出他的藝術信仰: 渴望、獲得、珍惜。活耀於紐約各大藝博會,曾在威尼斯雙年展、紐約Saks 第五大道百貨公司等展出。作品獲紐約文華東方酒店集團、NBA知名球星Dirk Nowitzki及Andrei Kirilenko、知名對沖基金執行長Joseph and Diana Dimenna、邁阿密房地產總裁Gilbert Benhamou及F1 賽車總裁 Bernie Ecclestone等重要機構與私人收藏。

早期以大型看板塗鴉藝術發跡,2012年創作出帶有諷刺社會思想的前衞裝置一炮而紅,想法尖銳的知名棒棒糖及藥丸系列作品,探討過度消費及名牌崇拜的社會議題。他的作品結合觀念藝術、裝置藝術、及挪用概念,並以嘲諷及黑色幽默方式挑戰觀看者的價值。背後隱藏的是對社會、媒體、性別、奢侈品、慾望等議題的深入討論。從他的作品可以觀察到當代藝術強而有力的表現手法。裝置作品承繼美國藝術家 Jeff Koons 利用巨大現成物或放大扭曲物體的裝置, 以直接有力的情感來傳達出深刻意念,另一種表現手法,是美國藝術家 Robert Rauschenberg 提出的視覺表現,所有物體不斷層疊成平面舞台的繪畫觀,也是日本藝術家村上隆(Takashi Murakami)所提出的超扁平 (Superflat)思維,但 DOC 並沒有探討動漫、御宅族的議題,而是專注在網路世代的視覺圖像及行為 模式,各種資訊被下載、儲存、轉化成為一種特定的象徵,隱喻人類之於網路世界的行為模式,已 成慣性且無法自由逃離的困境。

2019年第三度於Bluerider ART 敦仁館登場,推出全新創作個展「雲端噴出的氣體- Off-gassing from the CLOUD」,藉由標題「明知雲端世界如彩虹般迷幻,你卻依舊無法自拔」可以看出近期 DOC 關注的議題,網路世界與人的心理關係。此次於展覽現場呈現一彩虹噴霧居家,在白色的家具上噴撒彩虹色彩,類塑膠玩具造型作品及其獨特氣味,隱喻人們生活的現實都是從雲端下載而來,飽和的彩虹色彩及奇怪的氣味、有如爆炸後的資訊量、令人置身如虛幻的觀展埸域中。充滿螢光系畫布、油彩所構成的系列作品、虛擬世界超扁平的畫面組成可愛圖像,這些圖像錯置在外太空式的空間中,像是走錯路徑的生物角色,隱喻在這個網路世界中,虛幻混沌、快速又易破滅, 人類卻不可自拔地沈浸於這樣的生存之道。

此次展出的系列作品呼應了DOC 一直以來的理念- 藝術反映人生。隨著無邊無際的網路世界、滲入每個人的生活當中,毫無時空限制地傳遞訊息,荒誕、暴力及焦慮的謊言充斥著微型的雲端世界, 如同有香氣的彩虹,呼吸時品嘗了甜美卻也危險的因子、追逐名氣與自我實現的癡迷, DOC 的作品,暴露出人性、直接赤裸地揭示、雲端人生的各種心理樣貌, 但卻溫柔地提醒、審視這些無形之物,最後才讓觀者來到終點,獲得看似幸福的承諾。

Desire Obtain Cherish (D.O.C.), a.k.a. Jonathon Paul, is a Los Angeles, USA based artist whose works have attracted an audience worldwide. From early roots in L.A.’s street art scene, his repertoire has grown to encompass major international exhibitions such as the renowned Venice Biennale art festival in 2015. New York’s famous Saks Fifth Avenue in 2016 invited D.O.C. and his iconic Meltdown installations to take part in an art and fashion collaboration. The artist’s unique vision and fresh style have also attracted the eye of respected collectors including New York’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Ecclestone Collection, The Feinberg Collection, La Laliberte Collection, American DJ Diplo and NBA player Dirk Nowitzki and Andrei Kirilenko.

‘Off-Gassing From the Cloud’ is DOC‘s third solo exhibition with Bluerider ART. The show presents latest series of paintings and a rainbow room implicating the cloud world we live in. DOC describes his mindset as “Off-Gassing From The Cloud”. Off-gassing is commonly referred to as a chemical smell, an invisible gas that is produced from the manufacturing of plastics. It’s that new car smell. The smell of a new toy. The smell that prompts your instincts say hey, something’s not quite right, yet your eyes are screaming yes I want it!

“I imagine a ‘cloud’. The ‘cloud’ is a place, we are told, where all of our phone and computer data goes. One ‘cloud’ holds all the information from social media all over the world. This ‘cloud’ is uploading millions of images that are shared over and over and over again. I’ll bet if we considered which images were the most abundant in this ‘cloud’, that the images wouldn’t be art historical. They would not be medical, social, or family photos. They would be millions of cute puppies, kittens, hearts, LINE stickers, and memes. The sheer magnitude of these shared cultural images is so overwhelming that the ‘cloud’ is off-gassing them.”

The subject matter of DOC’s new paintings incorporates what he refers to as unfortunate subject matter.  Puppies, butterflies and pixel stickers shouldn’t be the subject matter of serious fine art paintings. They shouldn’t be the subject matter of anything but a text chain through WhatsApp or LINE. Yet, DOC imagines these images to be the most relevant of our time. Painted with oil paint, enamel, acrylic, and colored pencils, the mixed media is applied as randomly as the subject matter appears in a text chain.  The paintings represent the off-gassing from a swollen, overfed cloud of mass media shared images.

In addition to his paintings, DOC has created an interactive installation in the center of the gallery. He will present a mock living room stage set that he refers to as the Cloud. “My father worked for NBC when I was a kid and I grew up playing in a television studio. I was always fascinated with the fake stage sets. You would see a fake bedroom set, fake living room, fake kitchen, all designed to be viewed from one camera angle, perfect for the audience to view through their TV sets while sitting in their real living rooms.”

The Cloud set has 2 chairs, a coffee table, rug, and flower arrangement, placed in front of large curved wall. A sign that reads CLOUD hangs centered on the wall.  The arrangement of the furniture is akin to a stage for a TV talk show or a showroom at an IKEA warehouse. During the opening reception, DOC will paint the set as if, he describes, “a colored rainbow has fallen onto the furniture.” 

“The Cloud set reminds me of the fake living room sets I’d see on TV. I grew up with sitcoms and dramas that created colorful stories that fueled my imagination. We now most likely watch the screens on our phones more than any TV screen, and our phones can deliver more colorful content in 10 min than an hour of television. Simultaneously navigating between apps, texts, emails, videos, and music can feel like a shower of stimuli. We are so saturated with the constant stream of entertainment that we find ourselves fatally attracted to the over stimulation.”

DOC’s Cloud installation is a metaphor for a fog. “I imagine a colorful gas from the heavens that has engulfed us and holds us collectively hypnotized.”

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019off-gassing from the CLOUDBluerider ARTTaipei
2018To The Victor Belongs The SpoilsUNIX GalleryNew York
2017 #yourkiddingrightBluerider ARTTaipei
2016Servant Of Infinite Distraction,UNIX GalleryNew York
2014AddictBluerider ARTTaipei
2014We Are Known By The Company We KeepUNIX GalleryNew York
2013Galen At The GalenPalm Springs Art MuseumPalm Springs
2013McLaughlin GalleryMcLaughlin GallerySan Francisco
2013KM Fine ArtsKM Fine ArtsLos Angeles
2013Galerie Bel Aire Fine ArtGalerie Bel Aire Fine ArtGen?ve
2012UNIX GalleryUNIX GalleryMiami
2011Lab ArtLab ArtLos Angeles

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017Der Blaue ReiterBluerider ARTTaipei
2015In Visual DialogueUNIX GalleryNew York
2015EfflorescenceUNIX GalleryNew York
2015Sweet SensationsWilliam Benton Museum of ArtStorrs
2015Summer Show,UNIX GalleryNew York

Selected Collections

The Mandarin OrientalNew York
DiploLos Angeles
Joseph and Diana DimennaNew York
Jose MartosSão Paulo
Gilbert BenhamouMiami
Dirk NowitzkiNew York
Andrei KirilenkoNew York
Chris and Richard Mack.New York
Stephen MackNew YorkNew York and Los Angel
The Ecclestone Collection,LondonUK and Los Angeles
The Feinberg Collection,Los Angeles,CA La Laliberté Collection, Quebec

 

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