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David Kramer
"#Pleasantcats" Large Scale Conceptual Text Based, Abstract Painting

2019

$14,000

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This conceptual text based painting by New York artist, David Kramer, incorporates gestural swatches of color over a controlled pastel striped ground. The bold text reads: "I AM COMPETING WITH KITTENS TO GET YOUR ATTENTION". Complete with glitter embedded in the paint, this is a striking commentary on our digitally driven culture of distraction. The social media memes of cats and kittens are ubiquitous and the artist uses humor to comment on our distracted views and overuse of digital communication and socialization. This bold statement painting incorporates satire with a contemporary abstract art composition. Fusing aspects of pop art, gestural abstraction and contemporary text based art, this large scale painting is an excellent statement piece. David Kramer incorporates influences from the 1970's lifestyle advertisements and distinctive interior design into paintings, drawings, and installations which are both nostalgic and ironic. His compositions resemble the advertisements that, as he claims (with the tongue-in-cheek humor that shapes his output), modeled his future: “I felt certain that my future would look a lot like what I was looking at in those ads. […] I am still hoping to grow up and get my hands on those things.” Text is central to Kramer’s work. He overlays what he calls “one-liners” onto his images, revealing the falsity of the idealized vision they present and the disillusionment of adulthood. In his latest body of work Kramer tackles inequity and disaffection using biting humor and satirical wit. “Tired Jokes” is anything but tired. While Kramer’s style may often borrow heavily from bygone eras, in this show Kramer turns the lens of his “Americana” onto America itself. Front Room first became involved with David Kramer in 2004, when we featured him in the exhibition “Sellout” at Voorkamer gallery in Lier, Belgium (which coincidentally means “Front Room in Dutch). He has exhibited internationally. His work is in the collection of the Pompidou Museum and Museum London, Ontario, and he has screened his videos and performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Pompidou Museum, and many other institutions and galleries. His most recent collaboration with Celine was just released in this years Celine Hedi Slimane collection 2020 Celine menswear show.

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