Demo Deng: All My Friends Are MonstersParasol Projects @ 213 Bowery
Demo Deng: “All My Friends Are Monsters” @ 213 Bowery St
October 22 – 27, 2019 | 11am – 7:30pm
Opening Reception: October 22nd, 5 pm – 8 pm
First Week: “All My Friends Are Monsters” debut solo showing of Shiqing “Demo” Deng
Cami Ledy is thrilled to present “All My Friends Are Monsters” -the debut solo exhibition of paintings and drawings from artist Shiqing “Demo” Deng at 213 Bowery opening Tuesday October 22 nd at 5pm. Deng’s hauntingly beautiful figurative paintings are rich with meaning. Deng’s work exists in a field of narrative portraiture, often featuring fellow artists as the primary players, and as such creates a unique psychological space to consider themes of manipulated reality, freedom and self-expression, and balance.
Growing up in Xi’an, China, Demo studied Renaissance masters while simultaneously experiencing a government-controlled society and the kernel of her artistic questioning began. In “All My Friends Are Monsters” Deng manifests the cognitive dissonance of “manipulated reality” and the “tangible world” through clothing: “I use clothing as a starting point. It can express ourselves and also suppress and conceal us, becoming thereby a restraint on our freedom. I use the human body as the carrier of clothing and I use clothing that expresses the body. My paintings use clothing as second skin of human bodies that is undefined by gender, race, and origin.”
When paired with Deng’s use of deftly imagined environments that combine three-dimensional and flat surfaces seamlessly, the costumed characters speak even louder. Delicate pale wrists with deep blue veins and loud fashion in the middle of a swamp constitute the striking contrasts that Deng draws attention to finding beauty in the existence and balance of each. What is solemnity without a little humor? Who are your friends, and who are your monsters?
Shiqing Deng (b. 1994, China) is a Chinese painter. She is a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where she won multiple student awards, and received an MFA at the New York Academy of Fine Art, where she was awarded the Terra Foundation Artist Residency in Giverny, France. In 2016, she won first prize in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon art competition. 2018 – 2019 Chubb Fellow. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of China in Beijing, Da Fen Art Museum in Shenzen, and at the United Nations in New York, as well as in group shows in New York, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.
Second Week: “FCMDL: Felt Cute, Might Delete Later” works by Dean Christensen
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.