Killer Cute | Last Truth Of The New

3311 East Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Jul 17, 4 PM - 8 PM — ends Aug 28, 2021
KILLER CUTE
JULY 17 - AUGUST 28, 2021

Dan Attoe | Zach Armstrong | Kirsten Deirup | Corinne von Lebusa | Stacy Leigh
Stephen McClintock | Alissa McKendrick | Claire Milbrath | Emily Marie Miller
Luke O’Halloran | Calliope Pavlides | Marika Thunder | Noelia Towers | Sandy Williams IV

Opening Reception Saturday, July 17th, 2021 from 4-8pm
On view through August 28th, 2021

killer (adj.)
1: strikingly impressive or effective
2: causing death or devastation

cute (n.)
1: clever or shrewd often in an underhanded manner
2: attractive or pretty especially in a childish, youthful, or delicate way

The ancient Roman poet, Virgil, wrote pastoral verses in response to the disorder and chaos of city life. Today, depictions of rural life continue to occupy our visual scroll as cottagecore enthusiasts such as Taylor Swift and David Beckham commercialize the aesthetic movement by sharing images online. Young people continue to leave cities due to improvements in technology and access to remote jobs.

William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It, sought to celebrate country life while its characters, who took on elaborate gender reversal roles, suffered the perils of injustice and even death threats. Prior to the Great Recession, Thomas Kinkade sold millions of copies of his idyllic cottage paintings, while the darkness within him did not always reflect the peace and serenity of his artworks.

Viewed with rose-tinted glasses and a lack of experience, romanticising about rural life can overlook a past where social norms were marked with aspects of colonialism, racism, and sexism. With heightened awareness, the opportunity to signal our own response creates mystery about what is right in front of us while seemingly being far away and mysterious.

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Last Truth Of The New
17 JULY – 28 AUGUST 2021
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Lynn Aldrich | Teresa Baker | blvxmth | Sara Carter | Karin Davie
Dan Levenson | Ryan Wallace | Suzanne McClelland | Monsieur Zohore

Opening Reception Saturday, July 17th, 2021 from 4-8pm
On view through August 28th, 2021

de boer (Los Angeles, CA) gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition in Last Truth of the New, featuring the work of nine artists pursuing abstraction through unexpected resonances and histories of art.

"The truth of the new, as the truth of what is not already used up, is situated in the intentionless. This sets truth in opposition to reflection, which is the motor of the new. and raises reflection to a second order, to second reflection." - Theodor W. Adorno

What does it mean to put your soul on display? Does the risk of unpacking narratives make you malleable enough to understand a history other than your own?

Examining language, conceptualism, meaning outside of narrative, civil issues, and personal and spiritual quests for beauty, the artists in this exhibition present experimental expressions. The works in this exhibition can be described by their intention to impart disruption for revolutionary change.

By drawing from the histories of art and human civilization, the imagery and titles of artworks in this exhibition hint at their representational origins. Architecture, the landscape, the environment, labor, figuration, time, and truth are themes explored. At its core, the works in this exhibition are rooted in lived experience and examine how forces such as migration, capitalism, and climate change can impact human populations and possibilities.

Featured Image: Monsieur Zohore, Girl Stop, 2018-2021 (detail)