|Landscape & Listerine by David DeSimone, Oil on Canvas, 43x50|
|July 1 - 31, 2015|
|Thursday, July 9, 6:00-9:00pm|
|Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm|
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present Perceptio, a solo exhibition presenting the work of David DeSimone. American culture has changed since Warhol produced his iconic images of consumer goods. Everywhere you look you see this change. What was once celebrated as an optimistic view of our cultural identity has become a representation of uncertainty. We still consume as we always have but with a level of guilt and doubt that wasn’t apparent at the time of Warhol. Geopolitics, high unemployment, recycling and environmental awareness contribute to a shift from the self-confident, we-can-do-anything attitude of pre 9-11 America, to the cautious, fearful mindset of Americans today. David has chosen to use Warhol-esque imagery with beaten up and reused commercial products to be seen as an allegory for how Americans are more aware. They now conserve and recycle in order to preserve their lifestyle. The optimism and flamboyance that are characteristic in most of Warhol’s works are absent from DeSimone’s. Looking at his Dove painting, instead of row upon row of boxes of soap, as Warhol might have done, David only paints one. It’s torn but not completely destroyed. The soapbox has been given a new purpose - - reused as a penny saver.
David DeSimone Is a graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been living and working as an artist in the New York City area for several years. Over the years, Mr. DeSimone has covered broad range of styles from abstract to representational, exploring various ways to connect visually with viewers on his perceptions of the world. His works convey an ongoing tension between observation and emotion – or how the objective relates to the subjective, and vice-versa.