Fort Gansevoort presents The Big Easy, featuring new work by New Orleans, Louisiana-based artist Keith Duncan, opening on Thursday, January 10th. Keith Duncan is a visual storyteller, depicting stories both
Fort Gansevoort presents The Big Easy, featuring new work by New Orleans, Louisiana-based artist Keith Duncan, opening on Thursday, January 10th. Keith Duncan is a visual storyteller, depicting stories both familiar to all and those specific to New Orleans, with a focus on a multidimensional approach both in subject matter and material.
The Big Easy consists of two large-scale paintings portraying two scenes recognizable to all, The Wedding and The Funeral, both part of Duncan’s series Satire and Storytelling. These are two scenes with curiously more similarities than differences. Through Duncan’s expressive and at times comical form of visual storytelling, one will recognize many of the familiar characters in such scenes. The wedding is not without a couple of fights, the drunk uncle, and even a fainting bride. Similar roles are filled in The Funeral, including a separate party of men drinking outside of the reception created on the right side of the house. The bodies and heads of Duncan’s figures are as if carved from a block of wood rather than paint, resulting in hyper-expressive faces. All of Duncan’s chiseled faces can be seen at once. This rudimentary depiction of the many bodies filling the dance floor of The Wedding causes an effect reminiscent of procession paintings of The Renaissance, where every single figure’s face can be seen fully by the viewer, giving little importance to the depiction of a realistic point of view.
January 10 (Thursday) - February 23 (Saturday)
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