Dean Christensen: Felt Cute, Might Delete Later
10/29/2019 - 11/03/2019
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Dean Christensen: FCMDL: Felt Cute, Might Delete Later @ 213 Bowery St
October 29 – November 3, 2019 | 11am – 7:30pm
Opening Reception & Panel Discussion (FCMDL): October 29th, 5 pm – 9 pm
Dean-O-Ween ($10 make your own costume at 1pm): October 31st, 5 pm – 9 pm
Sunday Worship: November 3rd, 1 pm
Cami Ledy is pleased to present Dean Christensen’s groundbreaking solo show “FCMDL: Felt Cute, Might Delete Later” in a week-long engagement at 213 Bowery beginning October 29th 2019.
Christensen takes self-aggrandizement to a new level. In 2016 he portrayed himself as a larger- than-life Byzantine Deity replete with golden halo and sacred smartphone. For his 2019 exhibition, Christensen speaks plainly about how he has upped the stakes: “I now have a cult” he declares, “I call them Deanie Babies”. Humbly quantifying that influencer milestone he adds, “… but like everyone has a cult. Whether you want to call it that or not, if you are online and have followers you have a cult. Let’s call it what it is.”
In FCMDL Christensen invites the viewer to question the digital reformation of our former physical existence. His inquisition employs religious themes that both embrace and satirize the overarching vanity of our digital age addiction. With pixilated imagery the artist depicts our self – absorbed euphoria rudely interrupted by momentary glitches that foreground the insatiable pornographic tease of “online existence.” Equally epiphanic are Christensen’s depiction of trending brands which are likewise seen as over-inflated and invasive constructs in our daily lives. The “messaging” across Christensen’s work is cautionary—the canary in the coal mine red flagging our digital dependence and its far from salubrious impact on our modern world.
FCMDL will include artwork, music and merchandise. Christensen will also be hosting an artist panel talk, to include revered designer Colm Dillane (aka KidSuper), who most recently staged a fashion show in a Parisian circus.
“This is more than an art show, it’s a movement – Profound!” – Karen Auster, Auster Agency.
N. Dean Christensen (aka Deansace – b. 1992, Louisville, KY) is a young figurative painter with a reputation for garnering media attention with his prolific solo exhibitions. His first solo show, “The Millennial Man; Me My Selfie andI” (Galerie Hertz, Louisville, KY) was a sell-out success and his second show “Who Is Dean Christensen” (Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY) added to his buzz. He is the subject of a 2017 documentary, “The Millennial Man”, and has recently garnered international recognition with an interview with “The Cultural” based in the Canary Islands. Other press includes interviews with Courier Journal, Leo Weekly, and Insider Louisville. Dean has received numerous prestigious awards including Best of Show, First Place Professional Painting, and the Purchase Award at the Kentucky Museum. He was also chosen as the artist to represent Kentucky on Figure 50 for the year 2016. Dean’s training is comprehensive, having attended intensive painting workshops at the Scottsdale Artist’s School in Arizona, the Palette and Chisel in Chicago, and The Art Student’s League in New York City. Dean holds a BFA in painting from Western Kentucky University.