Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Merging Icons

NYC artist Jason Bryant has created a fascinating series wherein his admiration of classic films are fused with more modern imagery such as skateboarding graphics.

Here are a few iconic pieces...can you recognize your favorite Old Hollywood Stars? Interesting to note that many of the subjects are in a state of vulnerability. Do you view the graphics as graffiti of some sort? Is it just a matter of two ideas that appeal to him or wanting to create a more vitriolic response from the viewer? Regardless of your views, this is a passionate collection that is clearly meant to merge two pop culture heavy weights: Classic film, from which we take from to this day; film themes, costume, standard of living, and underground turned mainstream skateboarding; something that has evolved not only to a successful sport and way of living, but an art unto itself. The act of boarding being one aspect, the creating of your own brand, logo and advertising being the other.

NYC gallery porter / contemporary is currently exhibiting Smoke and Mirrors Paintings by Jason Bryant which runs September 6 – October 20, 2012. If you are in the NYC area, please check it out! "'Sometimes we’re trying to balance chaotic moments or raptures in harmony,' says Jason Bryant, 'and we use smoke and mirrors to convey a polished life but sometimes it’s broken.'"

Thanks to Maria at porter/contemporary!

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