Artist Mark Dean Veca opened his new solo exhibit Made For You and Me at Cristin Tierney January 31st and is on view through March 9th. The title of the exhibit is a lyric from the Woodie Guthrie song This Land is Your Land. The song, originally expressing an anti-capitalist sensibility, has since often been appropriated to convey capitalist sentiments such as growth through consumption. Interestingly, Veca’s work often reverses this same process. He re-appropriates corporate images to comment on corruption, consumption, and a generally waning culture. Appropriately the gallery statement calls his work a kind of “Sinister Pop”. This is particularly evident in his piece titled Tailspin. The piece depicts the Exxon-Mobil Pegasus pointing down, blue on one side, red on the other, and spinning. Tailspin subtly references a society’s consumption dependent on energy resources that are exceedingly spinning out of control.
When Bonnie Brenda Scott is not busy heading up Philadelphia’s Wham City –RIP– analog, Big Rock Candy Mountain, she produces feverish images of life and death, blood and guts, and the wild and free. With a penchant for rendering juicy bulbs of organic tissue and staging spectacular installations, she could be called a more mystical Mark Dean Veca. But such a label would pin her down too much toward something she’s not. Scott’s work engages the natural world on a level far above Veca’s laminated scale. She speaks for the elements of the world that are dirty; hard to contain. There are neon wolves out there, constantly on the hunt, and we best be on watch.