Billy Schenck “Saddle Up”

JoAnne Artman Gallery

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[Image: Billy Schenck "The Great Escape" Oil on Canvas 40 x 40 in.]
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Galloping horses, blood orange sunsets, dusty cowboys - you can almost feel the rising heat from the sun-warmed earth. Billy Schenck has a definitive flair for highlighting the drama, and evoking the action of classic Westerns along with their corresponding mythology. The American Frontier holds a special place in our nation’s history, as well as in our imaginations. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Billy Schenck, capturing the persevering nature of the myths and dreams of the Old West.

Schenck’s work is not only cinematic in scope; it is also grounded in technique and style. His iconic, reductive approach is reminiscent of the color planes used in early computer graphics, establishing a visual dialogue between the straightforward subject matter and the more nuanced space of the rendering. The textual element of the comic book-inspired word bubbles is of equal importance to the meaning of each piece, often serving to either undermine or establish the guiding ambitions of the characters’ psyche.

In subject, Schenck goes for the iconic imagery of the Wild, Wild West - cowboys and Indians, sunsets and gunfire. Many of the scenes are a cheeky look at both the history of the American Frontier, as well as the established perceptions through the lens of contemporary popular culture, with a heavy dose of exaggerated passion and romance. The scenes pictured are at times comical, and at others, profound. Schenck plays up the ambiguity between his villains and heroes, underscoring the duality of human nature, a central theme in his work.

BILLY SCHENCK (b. 1947, Rural America) works and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Schenck’s artwork is in over 48 museum collections, including Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art.


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Schedule

from November 16, 2017 to January 13, 2018

Opening Reception on 2017-11-16 from 18:00 to 20:00

Artist(s)

Billy Schenck

Website

http://www.joanneartmangallery.com (venue's website)

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays

Access

Address: 511A W 22nd St., New York, NY 10011
Phone: 949-510-5481

Between 10th and 11th Aves. Subway: C/E to 23rd Street.

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