|RO2ART // DEC09 // 7-10PM
|Ro2 Art Gallery
1501 South Ervay, Dallas, TX 75215
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Psychic Violence in America
December 9, 2017 through January 6, 2018.
|Georganne Deen is known for her dark, macabre paintings in which she combines monstrous
subjects with ghostly text and poetry. In her upcoming show, Psychic Violence in America, Deen
focuses on a type of unseen violence that runs rampant in politics, religion, and corporations all
around the world. The often inflammatory, fraudulent, and corrupt nature of these omnipotent
powerhouses causes psychological trauma, depression, and apocalyptic dread in the common
person through a phenomenon that Deen has coined “psychic violence.” Deen’s provocative
representations of political and corporate leaders allude to a startlingly dystopian worldview that
may already be upon us.
Artist Georganne Deen calls her latest series of paintings Psychic Violence in America. She defines
psychic violence as abuse bereft of evidence or that which has no laws to prohibit it. The series did
not begin with the last election, it’s been progressing for years and originally focused on the self
inflicted violence inherent in narcissism and the unbridled faith in the ego, and on a larger scale:
the marketing of corruption and depravity. But the past year and a half slapped a new expression
on the face of psychic violence, and Deen turned her eye to the gurus of evil who’ve shimmied
furthest up the greasy pole.
According to Deen, psychic violence hasn’t worsened in the last year, it’s simply become more
visible. America, as we know it, was “settled” by people who murdered and disenfranchised its
original inhabitants. How could this era possibly be worse than that? What makes the present so
insufferable is that at one time we attempted to conceal disgraceful, perfidious behavior, whereas
now the Commander in Chief shamelessly legitimizes bullying, slandering, threatening,
demeaning, handing unqualified persons positions of power over others, legal looting, lying and
exacerbating the financial inequity that was already blowing up before he came on the scene.
Today one in four women aged 40 to 65 take anti-depressants to tolerate this Dickensian world.
That’s what we used to call an epidemic.
Known for her unconventional methods of circumnavigating the minefields of psychological
chaos, Deen says the matrix of willful indifference to corruption in which she’s felt trapped, and
the need to record something, anything that acknowledges experiencing the drama of a dying
world, brought to mind the idols of her youth: Goya, Ensor, Grosz and Dix. Driven by an awareness
of the sheer volume of blabber that has smoked out all reasonable attempts to locate the truth in
this shifting soap opera, she adopted the role of a court painter and PR agent for the age of
fatuity, and proceeded to advance the notoriety of the sordid character types and events in
formal (psychic) portraiture.
Says Deen of this epoch:
I hadn’t given much thought to the end of the world, an event forecast by the Maya in 2012. I did
read something about one fractal world concluding, giving way to the birth of a new one.
Nowhere did it mention the method by which the new world would be created. But 5 years into it
I wonder if it’s forming via algorithms of our unconscious behavior driven by fear, greed and
desperation. No one in their right mind would’ve created anything this abominable, would they?
Whatever we do now, we have to consider the consequences far more seriously because the
internet is causing the new world to manifest at the speed of lightning.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Georganne Deen is an artist, poet and musician whom the LA Times described as charming, fierce
Born in Fort Worth Texas, she wrote poetry and prose from an early age with a Goya-esque eye for
subjects deemed inviolable in polite society. At East Texas State University she studied with
printmaker Lee Baxter Davis who fostered a small group of artists devoted to the experimental
narrative, which included underground comics and their incendiary, highly nuanced
documentation of human nature. In 1980 Deen moved to Los Angeles to attend the California
Institute of the Arts.
The rich trappings of the California lifestyle: new age and glamour marketing, pulp illustrations and
commercial graphics of all epochs coalesce with her own distinctive visual sensibilities to form a
vocabulary that is both intimate and deliberately universal. Reporting on the depths and heights
of consciousness, where we’ve gone wrong, what’s holding up progress and the occasional
glimpse of paradise, has been a constant project for Deen, one that doesn’t lend itself to formulas
or processes. The results can be painstaking, messy affairs at times but they convey experiences
charged with splendor and turmoil.
Deen has had solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, The MAC, Dallas, The Dunedin Museum,
New Zealand, Van Horn, Duesseldorf, Smith-Stewart, NY, Brand 10, Ft. Worth, Studio Camuffo,
Venice and Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica. Group exhibitions include LACMA, The Drawing
Center, NY, ENTWISTLE, London, The Aldrich Museum, Conn, The Blanton Museum, Austin, Museum
for Contemporary Art, New Orleans, Mary Boone, Villa Merkel, Esslingen Germany, Museum de
Fortuny, Venice, The Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas. She lives in Joshua Tree, California.
|C. Mark Burt
"Through the Dark Place"
December 9, 2017 through January 6, 2018.
|C. Mark Burt is known for the highly imaginative creatures and otherworldly realms that he creates.
Burt’s upcoming show, 'Through the Dark Place' serves to expand on his carefully crafted world
which is inhabited by vaguely humanoid creatures called Mugawumps. Desperately searching
for happiness in a desolate and uncertain world known as the Dark Place, the Mugawumps are
faced with plentiful distractions, or Cuddle Doobies, that keep them from achieving their goals.
Cuddle Doobies are plant-like creatures that represent the frivolous distractions that are so
prevalent in everyday life – sound familiar? However alluring the Cuddle Doobies may seem, the
Mugawumps must keep on trudging through the Dark Place in order to achieve true happiness.
Burt asserts that his work adapts to the perspective of the observer, encouraging viewers to project
their own dreams and distractions onto these fascinating creatures. In Through the Dark Place, Burt
presents a much more tangible view of his fantastic world by staging hand-painted, costumed
actors alongside his felted Cuddle Doobie sculptures to portray the Mugawumps in desolate
landscapes. Burt’s exciting new experimentations and methods bring the Dark Place to life in a
revealing light, blurring the line between what is human and what is Mugawump.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
C. Mark Burt is an artist and mentor from Bossier City, Louisiana where he creates pieces of an
alternate realm using various media. Mark’s works vary in material, but all are amalgamations
inspired by his mentors, his friends, and his competition.
After spending his formative years creating doodles influenced by the sci-fi movies of his childhood,
Mark decided to truly hone in on his skills during his time under the tutelage of artists, including Lee
Baxter Davis, at East Texas State University. There, using inspiration from artists like Albrecht Dürer,
cartoonist Basil Wolverton, and British artist Lucian Freud, he began his artistic journey.
A friendly sort of competition was born during his time in Texas, and it is his colleagues and friends
who push him to go further into his artistic endeavors. Burt fell into a group of creators who were
drafting their own universes through the narrative of their works, and his creations followed suit.
They would later become unofficial members of the Lizard Cult, a collective of artists from the East
After his time in East Texas, Mark came back to Shreveport-Bossier City where he now teaches
Visual Arts at Talented Arts Program in Bossier City and occasionally mentors younger artists. He also
has a studio in Shreveport at Red Handed Tattoo parlor where he works studiously on his visceral
illustrations, paintings, and sculptures.