Larry Caveney: Super Freaks

Caveney will be exhibiting an array of abstracted superheroes and villains in his solo show at Sparks Gallery.

ARTIST STATEMENT:
“As males in the world or art world, we have a tendency to maintain our own position of power or that persona of power or youth, where in reality it’s lost to time and gravity. The piece speaks to that false facade. That’s why I use the idea of ‘the artist as fool’ in most of my work. Basically I poke fun at my own self, Super Heroes/cartoons that I studied in comic books. As a white male, in this state of culture, I think that’s all I have to work with… that and humility. The fool is the placement of matter that threatens reality. At the same time, the fool sacrifices himself while defining the difference between the concepts of right and wrong by acting as the fool. It’s a device that functions as a pressure release within the context of a ‘civilized’ community. Where in reality it’s lost to time and gravity. These works speak to that false facade. That’s why I use the idea of ‘the artist as fool’ in most of my work. This collection of paintings is based on principles of using familiar imagery (codified) and cracking it out to reveal other truths within an analogue approach to color.” –Caveney

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