‘I Love America and America Loves Me’ a new exhibition by Marc Séguin is showing at the Mike Weiss Gallery.The show’s title relates to Joseph Beuys’ 1974 project ‘I Like America and America Likes Me’. began the performance at JFK airport, from where he was blindfolded and transported without ever touching American soil to a room where he spent three days in habitat with a coyote, a symbol he felt had a spiritual connection to the native American society, the “Lost America”Séguin’s exhibition focuses on the New America, its justification for self-righteousness as a tool for survival, and its idolization with pop-culture.Séguin depicts popular characters known for their eccentricity and egocentric personalities, and the different levels associated with their persona in realistic paintings created out of oil paint, charcoal and even incorporated broken particles of mirror.The beautiful and thought-provoking paintings are supposed to ignite conversations and survey our current society’s acceptance of lost values and integrity. It is up to the viewers to decide how they want to interpret the paintings. Some might see it as visual amusement, others will get a deeper understanding and perhaps new realizations.
I Love America and America Loves Me will be on show through March 7th at Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 West 24th street.
Photos By: Aesthetnik