July 15 to September 30, 2012
Spanish-born, New York-based artist Pedro Barbeito's exhibition at The
Aldrich presents a series of work ranging from 2005 to the present. The
paintings in Pop Violence are based on images of war drawn from American
entertainment and news media. For Barbeito, these works address the formative
role of violence in contemporary life, from a political ethos driven by "terror"
and deception to the aesthetics of visual assault prevailing in popular culture.
Drawing upon the anxieties of an age when we are afforded, primarily through the
Internet, unprecedented visual access to the violence of war and political
strife (the conflict in Iraq and the Abu Ghraib images of torture, for example),
these canvases materialize through painting the ubiquitous command found in most
NYC transportation hubs: "If you see something, say something."