Sunday, July 13, 2014

This looks like a pretty cool show at Mike Weiss

 

Jerry Kearns
RRRGGHH!!!
26 June - 23 August

We are thrilled with our current show, Jerry Kearns  RRRGGHH!!!and the Joker and Jesus agree (FINALLY!). Its been two thousand years since the Book of Revelations hit the proverbial shelves, and not since then has the conflict of good and evil appeared in such a cinematic dimension. Jerry has created 8 epic painted film stills narrating a true hero's journey, breathing new life into the oldest story in history. It's not quite clear who is winning and who is losing, but our money is on Jesus because he's carrying a gun.
 
Please read a selection of our recent press below. 

 For additional information please contact our Director, Lily Fierman
Jerry Kearns / TWEET / Acrylic on canvas / 2010-13
   
July 3rd, 2014 - Stephanie Buhmann, The Villager Newspaper
"Each hero embodies at least one of the more influential archetypes in culture, such as Jesus (see a work entitled "BAM BAM") or a hybrid of The Joker and the American Cowboy (see "AGGGKK!"). But Kearns is not interested in romanticizing culture. In fact, as someone who came to prominence in the 1980s with politically minded Psychological Pop Art Paintings, he understands his works as a sign of warning, pointing out that in our time, nature has been virtually replaced by mediated information - and that we risk becoming corporate avatars."

 
July 2nd, 2014 - Daniel Gauss, Arte Fuse
"Kearns' work is so engaging it speaks for itself. [...] Kearns seems to be poking fun at 
our tendency to visualize the process of human development in violent terms, regardless 
of the fact that this is so counter-productive. Even within the Christian tradition, built on 
the self-destructive ethical behavior of a pacifistic Nazarene whistle-blower, we still 
love watching the bad guy get his cahoonas shot off."

 
June 2nd, 2014 - Carlo McCormick, PAPER Magazine
"As one of the most astute political artists of our time, Jerry Kearns has been calling out society on its cultural bullshit for decades now in about the only way we can ever see the truth: through the vulgar dishonesty of pure visual seduction."
  
 
July 2nd, 2014 - Art in America
"Pop art lives! Veteran artist Jerry Kearns, once active in the 1980-86 advocacy group Political Art Documentation and Distribution (PAD/D), here presents eight new figurative paintings and five murals, all drawing on vernacular sources (comic books, movies, pulp fiction, TV) and the conventions of hero-villain mythology to make wry social and psychological observations."
ArtRx NYC
June 24th, 2014 - Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic
"This week marks the first solo exhibition of Jerry Kearns's work since 2006. A member of the art collective PAD/D and a frequent collaborator with writer Lucy Lippard, Kearns is best known for his "psychological pop" paintings. RRRGGHHH!!! will feature eight monumental canvases and five murals painted within Mike Weiss Gallery."

 
Art: Jerry Kearns. RRRGGHH!!!  
June 17th, 2014 - Sanja Govedarica, Wall Street International
"I attempt to reflect possibilities and other notions about reality when I structure a painting. I want to encode contemporary beliefs about our experience. Like the discovery of perspective defined the Renaissance, collage and its relation to relativity have defined our vision."- Jerry Kearns

  
July 4th, 2014 - Art Daily 
"This image is my effort to show you how it felt to be alive in the time and place I was." 
- Jerry Kearns  

 
Jerry Kearns, RRRGGHHH!!!  
June 16th, 2014 - Nora York, Clocktower Radio
In this conversation with musical illustrations, Kearns discusses his summer 2014 exhibition RRRGGHHH!!!

 Jerry Kearns / RRRGGHH!!! / Mike Weiss Gallery / 2014
 
 
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