|"The Popular Face of New York" Gig Poster|
What's the show about, exactly? Wouldn't you know it, the man whose artwork will be featured at Bottleneck's Brooklyn location has already written a tidy description of the show's premise:
“Pop culture profoundly influences the identities of not only its consumers, but also its real world referents.
The curate’s egg that is globalisation has scattered a billion Brooklyns, Bronxes and Manhattans around the world. Each one is selectively shot, sung or drawn with an agenda. When the world sees Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks finally meet at the top of the Empire State Building with Manhattan spread out before them like a celestial banquet, the city becomes as synonymous with romance as Belle Époque Paris; when Kong climbs the same building to meet his tragic fate, the city becomes a jungle in which the astounding and the unique are forever doomed to be reduced to bloody spectacle; when Patrick Bateman wends his sanguinary way through the antiseptic warrens of Wall Street, the city becomes an icy skullscape where weakness is punishable by death.
With the exhibition 'The Popular Face of New York', I present an outsider’s perspective on a city. For me, this is Scorsese’s city – an abyss of vice, drugs and crime which echoes with the sound of ricocheting bullets; it is Woody Allen’s city of introspection, ennui and sexual paranoia; it is the only city in the world strong enough to survive a million celluloid obliterations; it is a postmodern diorama in which Top Cat and Vito Corleone can coexist on the same block.”Are you as excited as I am? If not, I'd highly recommend you start scrolling down and breathe in all that gritty urban ozone. As an FYI, this is Bottleneck's first solo show and a portion its profits will be going to ArtVCancer. All of this means one thing: if you find yourself anywhere near the gallery on March 15th, you know what to do. Now enjoy!
|Inspired By: Godzilla|
|Inspired By: King of New York|
|Inspired By: King Kong|
|Inspired By: Deep Impact|
|Inspired By: Martin Scorsese|
Inspired By: Q
|Inspired By: Independence Day|
|Inspired By: The Warriors|
|Inspired By: Ghost & Ghostbusters|
|Inspired By: Spider-Man|
|Inspired By: Watchmen|
|Inspired By: Woody Allen|
To learn about Bottleneck Gallery and Raid71's "The Popular Face of New York," head over to bottleneckgallery.com and follow @bottlenecknyc on Twitter. And to see more of the artist's work, visit raid71.com and follow @raid71.