“Of all the great myths: sex, love, God, time, money; country is by far the most ridiculous. Of course, what’s a myth? It’s all who’s talking, right? But more so who’s listening. Judgment is the truth, man. It’s like the old joke, ‘What’s the difference between a soldier and a terrorist? PR.’”
Superstition and religion? PR.
Comedy and drama? PR.
Heroes and Villains?
The Proposition Gallery is pleased to present “You Are What We Eat”, a solo exhibition of large format photography, video, sculpture and other mixed media work by David Caspe.
In “You Are What We Eat”, David Caspe accesses a very American, Hollywood aesthetic to embed himself within the disconnect between internal and external perception, focusing specifically on how that lethal dichotomy shapes the greater world. The work seems beholden to the bromide that “Half of the people can be part right all of the time, and some of the people can be all right part of the time, but all of the people can’t be all right all of the time”. The work itself personifies that distinction, as it is open to multiple, polar interpretations, dependant on the viewer.
Caspe’s larger than life images of bikini clad, blood drenched ‘Ramboettes’, photographed at an undisclosed, Hollywood TV Studio lot, reek of a B horror movie billboard ad. These femme fatales, who look, at once, both victim and victor, seem drawn direct out of a cheesy ’80s action movie from some alternate pop history. They search and destroy, laying bare the great myths of SEX, WAR, HEROISM, and DECADENCE.
In Caspe’s use of this over produced aesthetic, he speaks of a much broader demography, and to a society with a lust for victims not rivaled since the days of gladiatorial slayings. The graphic nature of the images highlights the subtle but damning difference between ‘American sex and violence’, and ‘good old American sex and violence’.
The video and other work also addresses this idea of subjectivity, along with those always prevalent concepts of decadence, hubris, violence and sex as they are mirrored and expressed within the very ‘cut to the chase’ mentality of current popular entertainment.
“My shirt repels lions.”
“What? No it doesn’t.”
“Do you see any lions?”
David Caspe was born in 1978 and recently received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. He currently lives and works in Hollywood.
You Are What We Eat
March 4 - April 1, 2006