Patrick Lundeen: Good For You Son, June 21, 2012- July 28, 2012 at Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 West 24th St, NY, NY 10011
Patrick Lundeen, a Brooklyn-based artist originally from Lethridge, Canada, has his first New York solo exhibition at the Mike Weiss gallery and brims with playfulness and vivacity that will bring a smile to your lips and joy to your eyes. The large-scale, vivid masks are brightly constructed with gold grommet details and the vivid, detailed acrylic patterns reads beautifully both from a distance and close up. One can imagine its future home as a focal centerpiece of a contemporary and quirky home that relishes in not taking itself too seriously while priding itself on excellent style. The level of exquisite detail and ingenious colors create a culture of its own and are not explicitly referential or nostalgic despite the size and potential for tribal references. Instead, the collection has a sense of celebration and play. A collection of Mad magazine pieces serve as the canvas for other faces while his other sculptural installations, including a wall “face” with a bright “Pizza” sign, are delightful and amusing.