"DREAM BATTLES" by Zefrey Throwell at Garis & Hahn
Garis & Hahn is pleased to present DREAM BATTLES, a series of new mixed-media paintings by Zefrey Throwell, the New York City based artist’s first solo show with the gallery. From John Wayne to Joseph Goebbels, Throwell depicts duels between some of the most iconic and infamous symbols of the past century in his latest series of 20 silkscreen and acrylic paintings on fabric. He co-opts the spectacle of the prizefight by pitting opponents of ideological extremes against each other; a philosophical battle that examines the underpinnings of modern society. An opening reception for the artist will be held on February 28th, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery St., New York, NY 10002).
Inspired by the penetrating humor and iconoclastic chaos of Woody Allen movies, Throwell depicts unconventional pairings that resonate with a deeper conflict, such as: Oscar Wilde vs. John Wayne, Woody Allen vs. The Nazis: Annie Hall - Himmler, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show vs. Goldman Sachs. The outcome of the fights is based on qualifiers such as: What is this person/thing/movement known for? What did they actually do? Did they enlighten or diminish human compassion and understanding? And, were they honestly funny?
With the score tallied at the bottom of the paintings, the viewer is given an immediate read on the contributions of the figurative fighters, and prompted to more broadly consider how we are progressing or regressing in society. In this way, Throwell is engaged in a battle for hearts and minds, subverting the ‘necessary evils’ and good intentions that pave the path to hell with an alternative strategy utilizing wit, humor and aesthetics to deflect the violence, small mindedness and insecurity of contemporary fascism.