Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present work by Douglas Coupland, Kristine Moran, and Elizabeth Zvonar. The works on view all present visions of the future, formed by reshaping the past, observing the present, or imagining new horizons.
Douglas Coupland’s now global “Slogans for the 21st Century” project began in 2011, but with the Covid-19 pandemic, past slogans took on new prescience and he began making new ones specific to this moment. Written in the generalized voice of a culture-at-large, the slogans respond to topics within the contemporary cultural climate such as the environment, the future, or technology, in equally ironic and poignant terms.
Kristine Moran’s “Mad Cap Swimmers” paintings contend with the sensations, rhythms and mental states experienced during long intervals spent swimming across large bodies of water. On the water, where stillness can lead to death, swimming becomes a metaphor for the human will to push through adversity - the desire to survive. The swimmers are women, but more importantly, they are a group of women. They are the joining of forces that together are stronger than the sum of their parts. Their goal is an ambiguous landscape, a utopia that is in view but just out of reach.
Elizabeth Zvonar’s collages playfully disrupt the past by mining images from Western art history and popular culture and reconfiguring them in subtly unexpected ways. Through these acts of fragmentation and juxtaposition, Zvonar challenges the power of representation within iconic images and examines their underlying systems and structures.
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