Acrylic on canvas, 46 x 54 inches
Brent Sikkema is pleased to present an exhibition of work by David Humphrey.
In his first exhibition with Brent Sikkema, Humphrey will present new paintings and sculpture, as well as a site-specific installation. Humphrey has long been interested in the intersection of desire and consumerism in middle-class America. At times both humorous and disturbing, his work employs vernacular imagery drawn from the ephemera of American consumer culture. His canvases are populated with images of kittens, poodles, flowers, vacuum cleaners, peanut butter and other objects that elicit feelings of familiarity and nostalgia.
In seeming opposition to what has been called the "thrift store social realism" of his visual vocabulary, Humphrey also relishes in the processes of painting itself, creating lush, abstract backgrounds in postcard-like landscapes. Through the composite nature of his work, Humphrey uses vernacular imagery and modernist painting as tools for pictoral experimentation.
Humphrey's sculptures also enjoy a relationship with the vernacular. These works consist of creatively re-assembled figurines made from inexpensive porcelain collectibles found in vintage shops. The surprising and comic juxtaposition of genres encourages the viewer to explore the strange collision of familiar images within the bounds of their own experience.
Exhibition: April 3 - May 1, 2004
Gallery hours: Tue-Sat 10am - 6pm
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