Love is Lame Opening this Sat Jan28th 7pm
Saturday Jan 28th from 7pm till as late as we go, we'll be hanging with Chad and his stuffed creations at 55 clinton street, between Stanton and Rivington.
Chad's work will be on view till Feb 16th, and available in our online store. Chad will be here to discuss his process and share his work with Clinton Street. We invite you to come celebrate our third exhibition at JSx55 Gallery.Shop Love is Lame
Chad Silver is a brooklyn based artist, about to debut his "LOVE IS LAME" show at JSx55.
At JSx55, we were interested in Chad Silver's work because of his cynical interpretations of the 21st century. As a creator, he has pushed the limits of what is considered acceptable and brings us humor and thoughtful critiques of life events. His "loveislame" concept brings one of the biggest commercial holidays: Valentine's Day and mashes it up with witty unexpected comments.
"I mainly surf the web and copy things I like - changing them slightly."
CAN YOU EXPLAIN YOUR PROCESS, WHAT LEAD YOU TO CREATE THIS WORK?
The “Shit Bitch Bear” was originally created in the 90s. It was a deconstructionist Valentine. My education at that time really championed a deconstructionist view; the idea that our whole culture was more or less arbitrary and nothing was “true” or “authentic.” I prescribed to that thinking and made things that pushed back against sentimentality and earnestness.
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE WORLD AROUND YOU THAT INFLUENCES YOUR WORK?
These days I mainly surf the web and copy things I like - changing them slightly.
WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR WORK?People can take what they like from my work. Often there's nothing, sometimes there's a “one-liner.” The phrase “One-Liner” is often interpreted as a criticism, but I take it as a compliment. A joke is a discovery and there is alwalys a joy that come with discovery.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES FOR YOU WHEN YOU CREATE PERSONAL WORK VS. COMMISSIONED WORK?
It's more difficult to make work for yourself. I need a purpose to invest time, money and ideas into something. If you unpack it enough every artist is making work for somebody and hoping for a real transaction of some kind. Even the most naive, street artist is trying to build a brand.
Chad Silver's "LOVE IS LAME" show will be on view at JSx55 Gallery through February 16, 2012