If you feel like you’ve seen this before (“The Popped Art and Eye Candy of Desire Obtain Cherish“), Diplopia (double vision) is merely a #sideeffect of art multiples. Look closely, though, and you can detect a difference in the mise-en-scène. It’s kinda like removing Portlandia from Portland or Bored to Death from Brooklyn: location location location! All those scathing designer drugs and critical celebrity death portraits lose a bit of their bite when taken out of their Los Angeles incubator and tacked up on the walls of San Francisco.
Don’t get me wrong: this art is as fun to look at as it is flawless. And when the message matches the medium, it’s a recipe for awesome. His faux-chocolate Heresy’s Cross editions, in particular, are a timely treat that should tour the world “accidentally” ensconced in the luggage of missionaries.
Taken literally, this latest installation has Desire Obtain Cherish gunning for Banksy. The piece inverts the typical critique (of street art hung in a gallery setting) by hanging a street artist against a street facade within a gallery. That’s some Matrix-level stuff! Gallery patrons were encouraged to pick up a paintball gun and take aim at a thrashing and upended animatronic artist–perhaps a reference to Barry McGee who uses animatronics in his work and staged an epic museum retrospective across the bridge in Berkeley last November.
I’m curious to see where Jonathan Paul takes Desire Obtain Cherish next. Certainly, LA isn’t the only major metropolitan area ripe for a skewering. This work is a treat for the eyes, but it’s capable of being more than big candy on a s(h)tick.
Desire Obtain Cherish’s #sideeffects runs through August 31st. Click through for more images from the opening event.