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Jon Elliott: On the Outlands of Empire

31 Grand
143 Ludlow Street, between Rivington and Stanton, 212-228-0901
East Village / Lower East Side
April 21 - May 21, 2006
Reception: Friday, April 21, 7 - 10 PM
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Engaged in the contemporary fascination of exposing the marginal activities of international capitalism, Jon Elliott’s paintings offer complex commentaries on excess and waste in our society.

Rivers, bays, and open-ocean, historical avenues of commercial trade have been major substrates for the transmission of cultural ideas. They have also traditionally been inheritors of much of the waste of civilization. With the advent of the internet, computers, like television and film have become the most important transmitters of culture and fantasy in technological societies. As they become obsolete, the excessive glut of these objects spills out around the remote borders of our society, including our waterways, and those of distant societies. In Elliott’s recent paintings, piles of computers and televisions mixed with the occasional oil/waste drum, populate various waterways in somewhat ambiguous settings that appear to be on the outskirts of urban centers. Radiant, though somewhat toxic skies drip, and cast their neon color schemes over these dark and sublime waterscapes, while mysterious, undulating patterns appear like life-forms born of chemical and digital run-off. Even with their somewhat bleak subject matter, these paintings depict signs of a tenacious survival, not only of the natural world, but also of the humanity within. The lights in these cities still glow, and an occasional burst of fireworks dots the skies, showing us that these cites are alive, and these paintings do not represent a distant future.
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