Stephen Powers creates paintings based on the visual marginalia of the world: T-shirt graphics, cartoons, religious tracts, advertising illustrations, and graffiti. Powers uses these base elements of visual communication to depict the issues at the core of the human experience: Love, hate, desire, insecurity, jealousy, frustration, and revelation are all encapsulated in a direct mode of communication Powers calls Emotional Response Icons.
The Emotional Response Icons represented who we are in a visual language that is easily understood. Powers likened what he does to cave painting, visually summing up humanity in easy-to-grasp, easy-to-recall pictures. Reflecting the overload zeitgeist, the paintings were full to the frames with a wide range of concerns, from regret to the ridiculous.
The exhibition included a partially scripted documentary video called Espo Runs the Show. It was partially a satire of the self-promotional documentary "Diddy Runs the City" (about Sean Combs preparing for the New York City Marathon) and an homage to low-budget sitcoms like The Honeymooners. It starred Powers as an artist preparing for a show by avoiding doing any work for it, and Jeffrey Deitch as a violent art dealer who hires a hustler named Got That Gary to motivate Powers into getting his show together.
The exhibition coincided with Stephen Powers’s participation in the Dreamland Artist Club, a project in Coney Island organized by Creative Time, in which twenty artists made freehand painted signs for carnival concessions.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
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76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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