Brooklyn-based artist Jon Burgerman was in Seoul, South Korea recently when he posed for this photo in front of a giant Bruce Willis movie poster. When he was back in New York, Burgerman noticed there were many, many violent movie posters in the subway. He decided to reprise his Seoul shtick, and pose as if characters in the movie posters were actually murdering him.
Burgerman calls the series “Head Shots" and tells Gothamist the goal “was just to make people look again at and re-evaluate the type of imagery we have no choice of avoiding in our public spaces.”
"I also find it curious that it’s so common in public spaces the most exalted members of society, celebrities, are brandishing tools for murder," he tells The Daily Mail. “The poses and design are often made to look heroic, brave and courageous too. I wondered who the protagonists were aiming at and thought to bring a natural conclusion to the compositions. I filled in the missing blank, role of the victim, with myself.”
Jon Burgerman will be at The Roger Smith Hotel on Tuesday 16th July 2013 for the opening reception of his new installation in their art space. There will be ‘Jon Burgerman’ cocktails and if the vibe is forgiving, a musical performance.
JON BURGERMAN PLAYS WITH JEFF KOONS PLAY-DOH SCULPTURE AT KOONS WHITNEY RETROSPECTIVE
This Instagram pic of a tiny little replica of the Koons Play-Doh sculpture housed in plexi, being held next to the Koons 10 foot tall aluminum sculpture ‘Play-Doh’ started it all.
I dug up the New York based artist, Jon Burgerman who was selling these miniature boxes of mixed colored Jeff Koons doppelgangers in front of the Whitney during the Koons retrospective and grabbed him for a quickie interview.