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Jerry m blackman

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My art is about reflecting an identity through the cultural prism. Using symbols of the cultural vernacular as spaces for psychological projection, my work opens up a narrative of emotional sentiment and a broader critique of the subject. Cultural products such as movie characters, toys, or even myths are the manifestations of a common feeling, and ideal vehicles for communicating my own aesthetic sensibilities and emotions. I choose these avatars as a device to illustrate the elusiveness of selfhood in a world where anonymity is both a coping mechanism and the content of commercialized sexual desire. Through an initial rephrasing and fictionalizing of the object, my sculpture eulogizes the lost hopes of a failed utopia. Assassinated political leaders, extinct races, and even self-referential artistic processes are materialized into objects of loss or abjection.