'The Privileged Series' By Anthony Dortch Jr.
Above: Promotional graphic for “The Privileged Series” by Anthony Dortch Jr., October 13 – November 3, 2012 at ArtHatch Gallery. Courtesy of Anthony Dortch Jr.
“The Privileged Series” Anthony Dortch Jr.
October 13 – November 3, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 6 - 10pm
A combination of observation, experience and intuition has inspired me to create visual interpretations of people's unique environments. My experiences have lead me to create energetic dreamscapes portraying a mixture of human composition, emotional experience, and surreal motion that demonstrates that people are connected to themselves, their experiences, and to the world in such a way that we are not separate from our reality but a part of it.
The evolution of my work incorporates the use of ink, photography, bold colors, and a buildup of brush strokes which combine with my familiarity with comic book art to produce images that focus on a panoply of experiences.
Inspiration is often found by looking to past artists like Bennett for his use of color and detail to transform portraiture to a vibrant array of color, Boghosian for his mixed media construction pieces, Caravaggio for his use of light and expression, the Furturists for the use of movement, the Impressionists for their use of color and brush strokes, and Shonibare for his use mannequins.
"The Privilege Series" illustrates what it means to be socially and financially above others. The underclass perpetuates the myth that achievement is possible for some, not all. Status becomes privilege and equates with money—new or old. The upper crust of such a society relies on minions, dropouts, and lower classes to get the distasteful and unworthy jobs done. Socialism and capitalism clash. This series brings to form in words, paint, photo, and ink the unspoken challenge we'd rather not hear - in pictures we'd rather not see.
At the reception, the first 100 visitors will receive a complementary poster. Also, models will wear the fashion and hair designs of The House of Canney and Tim Cabell to bring the "Privileged" to life.