Working entirely with Winsor & Newton’s Pigment Markers artist Jon Burgerman created these wild works (They remind me of Picasso?) that will be a part of a world touring exhibition beginning at the Society of Illustrators in New York City in October, move to the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and then ending in Paris in early 2016.
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.