Dress Shop Gallery is pleased to present;
starring: BRUCE LABOUNTYopening reception:Friday, Sept. 22nd 7-11pm
@ Dress Shop Gallery
322 Troutman St.
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Beer provided by: NarragansettMezcal provided by: Nuestra Soledad Music from: DJ J-Stroke Artist Statement:Technology, am I right!? The amount of importance and reliance we put into our phones, tablets or whatever your poison may be is unequivocal.. these things seem to be able to do anything... which is why I find it funny that I didn't use mine for anything highly constructive.. until recently. But also, my definition of constructive may be slightly different than yours, alongside most others. One now infamous day, I gazed dumbfounded at an image I saw while wistfully scrolling through my social media feed, an activity all too constant and consuming for most of us. Momentarily stunned, I marveled at what these holy artisans of tech had wielded. I knew this oddity of an application existed because, previously I had seen two humans, using this new wonder tech, swap their faces, resulting in minor humor... but couldn't contain myself from lmfao/ rotfl when I witnessed it applied to an inanimate object which held a small semblance of a face. Hooked instantly and violently I proceeded to walk up and down the temporary halls and corners of my job site, which fortunately for me and my new found craft is littered with hundreds of the highest valued artworks on earth, created by most of the worlds top rated artists. Many of which are convoluted squiggles and smears, over simplified circles and squares (yes that IS possible), and horribly degenerative blobs of some substance or another attempting to pass off as sculpture. BUT in the opposite spectrum, many of which are also wildly creative depictions of the human form, complete with the attempt to produce a head and face. THESE are what I focused on, heavily. Rabid with the quest for a laugh and self entertainment while at at work, I scoured the floor of several art fairs for any painting, sculpture or photograph that would work correctly w the parameters of the tech. And to the dismay of many co-workers and friends alike, continued to send, post, and display these mutant creations all throughout my daily and digital life. Becoming increasingly obsessed and realizing the results either had people cheering or looking away in literal disgust I realized I needed to eventually move these creations out of my phone where I could display them outright. The finest of art isn't to be scrolled through. Most of these images I took while the information placard had yet to be placed, so the artist of origin in most of my work is a mystery to me. Many of you with a background of actually paying attention to the history of fine art may know more about the intricacies of my work than I do. Art means so many things to so many people, there is no way to fully gage how one perceives what they see, although I personally just find this series to be HI-FUCKING-LARIOUS and that's really all that means anything sometimes. The BRUCE SWAP exhibition features 250+ images, "carefully" produced in the 2 years or so that I have been affected so heavily by this incredibly abundant (and cheap) technology. I hope you can join us Friday, Sept. 22nd at Dress Shop Gallery and behold the world of BRUCE!
Additional artists/celebrities featured in this exhibition include:
KADY GRANT ;solo Exhibiton
322 Troutman St Brooklyn, NY 11237
Gallery Hours: by appointment ONLY
A gallery space in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Run by resident artists and founders:Emmanuel Limón, Adam Kim, Caroline Beatrice Bennett, Erik Schoonebeek, , and Katie Branham.The gallery hosts multiple exhibitions per year and engages the local community through its diverse programming and events. Dress Shop Gallery partners with local businesses to foster a broader outreach and serve the neighborhood as a key destination for exhibiting emerging artists.