Px(c)’s images pause at the nexus of art and commerce, where the two battle for the heart and mind of the viewer. As pop art, Px(c) references advertising that shapes our lives and view of the world, but when confronted with his art, his pop morphs into catastrophic violence: when things break open, beauty spills like blood from a wound.
Px(c) is the corporate alter-ego of Montreal artist Ben Depelteau. It first appeared in the 1999 painting You never know when you’ll need Px(c), as a car parts brand name. Px(c) has been known, over the years, to mimic advertising strategies to sell dysfunctional products and ideas to people. Art, Commerce & Catastrophe is an exhibition of Px (c)’s collages and includes paintings from his Adjacking Series.
( from maison kasini press release)
Art, Commerce & Catastrophe
August 28th to October 2nd, 2010
Reception – Saturday, September 18th, 3-5pm