Lodestar: Handmade Memes and Analog Feeds
December 1st 2018 - January 12th, 2019
Opening Reception December 1st, 2018 12pm-12am
MULHERIN TORONTO is pleased to present new works by David Kramer.
Fusing his authored text and imagery culled from Instagram feeds and 1970’s magazine ads for beer and cigarettes, David Kramer channels his thoughts and commentary over themes ranging from political commentary to his own owned-up self-deprecating views of his place in life in relationship to the life-style expectations depicted in those vintage advertisements. As a teenager growing up in suburban New York City in the late 1970’s, Kramer’s home was flooded with glossy magazines that included advertisements depicting a lifestyle to be expected once he left home for the city to explore his adult life, only to have these promises dashed by the AIDS crisis that was unfolding all around and changing those promises into fears right before his eyes. Over the course of his career as an artist Kramer has seen and digested these kinds of paradigm-shifting moments periodically, from 9/11 to the 2008 Financial Crisis to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. In Kramer’s view, these moments in history have robbed him and entire generations of promise. Through his art practice, Kramer has used the blank page as his platform to comment and describe his satiric and often humorous views of the effects on the individual that these waves of historical events have left in their wake. Kramer has seen the rise of Instagram and Twitter as a prime media that have transformed his process into a digital world, but as a product of an analog age, Kramer has continued to use pencils and brushes and yarn to create such feeds. The paintings and works on paper have a certain nostalgia to them harkening back to a bygone era. His Hook Rugs in this exhibition also serve a similar role, only they use a methodology and craft-making history as a foil to bring nostalgia into a contemporary practice.
David Kramer was born in Manhattan in 1963. As a child he was ripped out of the City and taken to New Rochelle, the suburbs, where he spent his primary school years. He attended George Washington Universiity ( Washington DC BA-Fine Arts 1985) and Pratt Institute ( MFA in Sculpture 1987 ) and has lived in New York City since then. He has exhibited his paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos and installations widely throughout North America and Europe. His work is in the collection of the Pompidou Museum and Museum London, Ontario, and he has screened his videos and performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and many other institutions and galleries. Kramer has also had a rich history of exhibition in Canada, including multiple solo exhibitions with Robert Birch Gallery (Toronto), Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver), Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, NB, and solo exhibitions with Katharine Mulherin’s galleries in New York City.