Ike and Me
September 21–October 27, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 8–10 pm
Ike Paints from Life, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72"
Triton Gallery, LLC, located in Nicosia, Cyprus, is pleased to announce
our third exhibition, a solo show by New York-based artist David Humphrey. Ike and Me opens September 21 and continues through October 27, 2007. There will be an opening reception with the artist present on September 21 from 8–10 pm. The former American President, Dwight Eisenhower, was the bland grandfatherly presence on the television of David Humphrey's earliest childhood. Dwight Eisenhower, like Humphrey's father, made art in his
Ike's Negress, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 44" x 54"
Even as contemporary art has perennially defined itself against the unconsidered appetites of popular taste, artists, including David Humphrey, have mined the vernacular for unexpected insight. Many of his paintings are variations or interpretations of works he finds online or in flea markets. Dwight Eisenhower's paintings presented an irresistible adventure. His work exemplifies what Christopher Bollas would call normotic, the pathologically normal. There are no displays of fancy brushwork, no compositional or iconographic ingenuities, no indication of art historical knowledge or ambition. Ike's work has just the right mix, for Humphrey's purposes, of rhetorical modesty, hyper-conventionality and subtle idiosyncrasy borne through awkwardness and error, but underwritten by our knowledge of his life as
the victorious Supreme Allied Commander and post-war President of the United States.
Ike and Winston, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 46"
Humphrey begins his treatments of Ike's compositions by doing a loose copy, which often becomes the location for characters inserted from his image repertoire. He makes one-way collaborations in which the long transcription of Ike's image builds an emotionally inflected connection between the two artists. David Humphrey's paintings treat Eisenhower's blankness as though it was pathological. Humphrey, perhaps also pathologically, introduces sexual overtones and semiotic horseplay to his material, playing fast and loose with the historical record. Like an amateur, he fucks things up in his own way. Perhaps becoming President could help Humphrey relax.
Ike's Woods, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 66" x 80"
David Humphrey's solo exhibitions include Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and Triple Candie in New York, Solomon Projects in Atlanta, and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. His art is included in many public collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. His writing on art has appeared in such publications as Art issues and Art in America.
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