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Jason Roskey, Stay Or Pass On Through Or Whatever

33 Bond Gallery
33 Bond Street, 212-845-9257
East Village / Lower East Side
May 1 - June 6, 2008
Reception: Thursday, May 1, 7 - 9 PM
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33 Bond Gallery is pleased to present Stay Or Pass On Through Or Whatever, Jason Roskey’s first solo show in New York featuring a series of collage drawings and sculpture. Roskey’s collages feature elements lifted from media publications, historical art & culture periodicals, advertisements, architecture publications, travel brochures and fashion magazines. These elements are often juxtaposed to Roskey’s hand-drawn abstract marks and his own low-tech photograph prints documenting architectural destruction in New York. Fashion images are molded into commentary of American hyper-consumerism, gaining political and cultural elements, while simultaneously creating works that appear both utopian and apocalyptic. Roskey uses collage to examine the destruction of city, the myth of Americana, and the historical removal of the individual from the land. In keeping with this fascination, Roskey sometimes mounts his collages and other found objects to building materials reclaimed from 19th-century teardowns.

The works often start as images collected from the magazines left on the curb to be recycled in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Selecting pieces that work aesthetically together, the works develop though the addition of computer scans and nature scenes in graphite or crude photocopies. The show’s title references a hand-scrawled sign seen in Wim Wenders’ 1984 film, Paris, Texas, that reads: “The dust is here to stay. You may stay or pass on through or whatever.” Like the artist’s work, the film comments on social alienation and the identities of man and landscape.
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