re:present L.A. Exhibition

May 3 – July 27, 2012 at the Vincent Price Art Museum

Jeff Gauntt

Statement

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, my work has evolved into a reflection of the unique culture and environment. Through my exploration of South Western mythology, I develop portraits and cultural artifacts of imagined New World survivors. These are remnants of a post-historic, matriarchal society.

This is best seen in the women’s, “Hunting Jacket”, which is constructed full-scale, entirely from wrinkled bags which have been recycled from Trader Joe’s, a business synonymous with the greater Los Angeles area. At the same time that my work functions as an “illustration” of an imaginary post-apocalyptic world, like a cheap special effect, it’s “falseness” is readily apparent. The portraits are constructed using simple strategies, which result in faux-naive, disproportionate figures. One eye is too low, the body is too thin; these “flaws” are something to be incorporated, creating an unzoned development of the forms. The inevitable “sprawl” has only started.

Jeff Gauntt - Hunting Jacket    “Hunting Jacket” (front) 

29" x 30" x 5", Recycled paper

Jeff Gauntt - Hunting Jacket

"Hunting Jacket" (detail)
29" x 30" x 5", Recycled paper

Jeff Gauntt - Hunting Jacket

"Hunting Jacket" (back)
29" x 30" x 5", Recycled paper

Previous Artist: Kathi FloodNext Artist: Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara


Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: