A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dude explores the personal narratives of six self-publishing artists, featuring prints, comics, drawings, and artists’ books by David Sandlin, Jason Roy, Josh Freydkis, Lale Westvind, Maren Karlson, and Mike Taylor.
Working primarily through drawing and silk-screened editions, these artists share a common self-referential and satirical perspective, tackling everyday life idiosyncrasies with humor and personal anecdotes. Their collective observational approach explores personal revelations, documentation of their surroundings and reflections on culture, politics, and the human condition. The work in this exhibition illustrates not only an autobiographical portrait of the artist, but also a portrait of their attitude, philosophy and unique point of view.
We are presented with their intimate depictions of themselves, politics, religion, love, society, subcultures, and the artworld. The work portrays a shared impulse to narrate observations, through both positive interpretations and dissatisfied critiques. Coming from different backgrounds, cities, countries, and generations, the artists all are currently living in New York and questioning how their personal histories have influenced their lives and their work. While art making is generally insular, by working in the form of multiples (printmaking, comics, artists’ books and zines) their work, views of themselves, and perspectives are able to disseminate and courageously confront or ally with a wider audience.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dude is the sixteenth in a series of group exhibitions dedicated to providing self-publishing artists, who generally share their work through printed matter and other ephemeral media, with a platform for exhibition, experimentation and exploration outside of the printed format. Curated by Aimee Lusty.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dude is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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