New Paintings for 2012 (2012)

Larry Caveney“Grown Man Naked Series”What is the Grown Man Naked Project? As male in the world or art world, we have a tendency to maintain our own position of power or that persona of power or youth, where in reality it's lost to time and gravity. The piece speaks to that false facade. That's why I use the idea of "the artist as fool" in most of my work. Basically I poke fun at my own self and other white men. As a white male, in this state of culture, I think that's all I have to work with, that and humility. The late performance artist Leigh Bowery is the next example of the artist as fool. Bowery defined the jester as fool when he used his body as a means of sacrifice. The jester, as sacrifice, is the fool who uses his body as a mirror for others to project their fantasies and fears upon. The fool is the placement of matter that threatens reality. At the same time, the fool sacrifices himself while defining the difference between the concepts of right and wrong by acting as the fool. It’s a device that functions as a pressure release within the context of a “civilized” community.where in reality it's lost to time and gravity. The piece speaks to that false facade. That's why I use the idea of "the artist as fool" in most of my work. Basically I poke fun at my own self. As a white male, in this state of culture, I think that's all I have to work with, that and humility.

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