Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects (Part II)

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Los Angeles’ Regen Projects II will be hosting a new exhibition by artist Raymond Pettibon (Season 2) from December 13, 2008 to January 24, 2009. Entitled Cutting-Room Floor Show, Pettibon’s latest show is Part II of a two-part exhibition that began with Part I: Seminal Work (1978-1988) in September–this focused on his early ‘zine work–and continues with his recent artistic explorations.

This latest crop of work is multi-layered and incorporates his signature text passages that help convey and sometimes question or elude the meaning of his rich graphic images.

Long an underground icon for his early work in LA’s punk scene, particular his graphics for his brother’s band Black Flag, Pettibon will also show some of his paintings on paper that depict chaotic mash-ups of history, politics and the present day all with his characteristic take on popular culture and its discontents.

In his essay on the work of Pettibon, critic Francisco Javier San Martín writes that Pettibon’s drawings:

…attract the spectator’s attention through their use of a familiar vernacular iconography…one that displays the emblems of optimism and bravery in a kind of equivalent to progress, the revelation of a social subconscious in which sin and pain dwell…the perfectly-delimited roles of hero and villain become confused and interchanged, introducing a new relativism that calls into question society’s established values and immovable vision.

Read more about the show at Regen Projects’s site here.


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