The vibrant, colorful and sleekly produced art of Jonathan Paul (aka Desire Obtain Cherish) satirizes contemporary consumerism using its own visual language. The LA based pop artist makes us think about the things we desire, playing a dual role as a critic and endorser. Whether its designer labels, prescription drugs or unhealthy food the artist mocks them by creating detailed and beautifully crafted objects with a subversive edge.
The esteemed New Yorker art critic Benjamin Genocchio characterized DOC’s work as “not malicious, even if his works cut to the bone. He is more like our social conscience, delivering up uncomfortable and unpleasant truths wrapped in the most beautiful and seductive of packages.”
DOC’s new exhibition ‘We Are Known By The Company We Keep’ is dedicated to a subsection of today’s consumer culture: the art world, its critics, historians, gallerists, and collectors. A fine art graduate from the esteemed Parson’s School of Design Paul enjoys his rebel status while maintaining a high profile within the art scene. In a typically self deprecating manner he said “I’m not a painter, sculptor, printmaker or craftsman, and I often refer to myself as a con artist.”
March 6 – May 6, 2014
“We Are Known By The Company We Keep”