John Copeland opening in NYC

John's pan in works,, getting close to be back on street .can't wait to see him splitting lanes, breaking side mirrors on stupid yellow cabs,,

Tomorrow April 16th 2009 John's solo exhibition at Nicholas robinson gallery in manhattan. you must to check it,,
Nicholas Robinson Gallery
535 w 20th st ny ny

below quoted from opening invitation,,

Nicholas Robinson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by John Copeland, the artist's first solo show with the gallery.

Entitled, "Old Glory", the show makes both oblique and specific reference to 'American' experiences. In the paintings, various protagonists play out 'typical' scenes that are much more than they first appear.

Many of the source images for Copeland's paintings are culled from vintage magazines and found photos - anonymous snapshots that are invariably innocent or wholesome, but whose neutrality or blandness simultaneously allows the artist to infuse them with the tone of his choosing.

The paintings depict respectable citizens locked in an indeterminate temporal frame - somewhere between the demure idyll of the 1950s, and the liberation of societal strictures in the late 60s and 1970s perhaps. Copeland infiltrates their idealized world with his aggressive but controlled brushwork, showing the unpalatable realities of sex and death that they would otherwise fail to acknowledge.

It is possible to discern characters young and old, enacting the various rituals or rites of passage of everyday life - social gatherings, work and leisure activities, playing, praying - but their faces and expressions are distorted by swirls of heavy expressive impasto, heightening the narrative ambiguity, and giving rise to the suspicion that decency is skin-deep and that subversive forces are at work.

Please contact the gallery for further information: 212-560-9075 /