DENMARK///POP LIFE///ESPO AT V1 GALLERY…
On the eve of ESPO's (aka: Stephen Powers) closing party for his first European solo show, "Sleep and Repeat" at the very happening V1 GALLERY in Copenhagen, Denmark, we offer a quick flashback to the exhibit's inagural nite in November when Philly's native son first broke the ice. HAVE A LOOK:
"In Sleep and Repeat Stephen Powers extends the fleeting everyday to a timeless state of society. Using the clear-cut symbols of the commercial world, Powers detourns the trivial daily routine in the modern Western world. The consciousness of the fact that repetition not only has an impact on oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s existence from day to day, but also from year to year and life to life, is conceived in a return to an iconography from the past and not least the use of the old fashioned hand painted enamel signs as medium. In Sleep and Repeat the great existentialist choices are blurred by a habit-forming and uncomplicated routine: Ã¢â‚¬ÂWake, Work, Wait, Work, Wank, Work, Want, WaneÃ¢â‚¬Â. However, it soon becomes obvious that under the polished surface the apparently unreflective action is problematic and claustrophobic. The weekdays are no longer called Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but Mundane, Duesday, Whensday, Thirsty, Frieday, Sadderday and Someday. Unpaid bills, cigarettes, alcohol, fast food and post-it notes interweave with anger, insecurity, hate, jealousy, longing and fear of death. PowerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paintings are full to the brim with unrealized dreams and ambitions, worries, defeats and empty advice from self-help books. And the colourful objects and people float in the works like fragments of thoughts in a pitch-black and inscrutable universe."
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