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August 6, 2015

Luke Pelletier Tourist Seizin’ | New Image Art Gallery

Liz rice McCray

Tourist Seizin’

A solo-exhibition by Luke Pelletier

August 8th

Opening Reception Saturday, August 8th, 2015

7pm – 10pm

7920 Santa Monica Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90046

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After living and going to school in Chicago for a few years, Luke Pelletier went back to his rural-tourist-driven-hometown, Brevard, North Carolina, for a few months to make the work for his first solo in over three years. Living in a tourist town for much of his life, he has been heavily influenced by seasonal economies, as well as the multi-level relationships, dependence and resentment, between tourists and locals. Much of Luke’s art blurs the lines between celebrating and condemning a culture that agrees to be taken advantage of while it takes advantage of others. His art is filled with personal anecdotes, dark humor, dualities, contradictions, repetition, and scenes of paradise that are simultaneously pristine and decaying. In his first solo show in LA, Tourist Seizin’, Luke Pelletier uses photography, painting, sculpture, social practice, graphic design, writing, and craft to riff on his moral dilemmas with romance, objectification, labor, competition, tourist culture, capitalism, addiction, free will, masculinity, fun, and Americana.

 

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