Expo: Josh Reames – Don’t cross streams while trading horses
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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce Don’t cross streams while trading horses, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Josh Reames, to be presented from November 11 through December 23, 2017. This will be the artist’s third exhibition with the gallery. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 11th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
In Don’t cross streams while trading horses, Reames dismantles symbols associated with American economic and political power. Referencing Abraham Lincoln’s acceptance speech for a second-term nomination in which he modestly stated that it was best not to « swap horses while crossing the river, » Reames inverts the sentiment to draw focus to the transactional nature of the expression while using humor to editorialize business as usual. Reames usurps emotion-saturated metaphors and codified visual signs – logos, mottos, anthems, seals – everything that stabilizes status quo is placed on the chopping block. Brooms sweep up dirt. Snakes lose their heads. Cars drive off cliffs. Painting is protest and Reames‘ paintings are akin to burning flags that illuminate the dusk by setting fire to the establishment. The paintings in Don’t cross streams while trading horses depict symbols perforated by tromp l’oeil singes and torch-burned holes. Metaphoric destruction can be as revelatory as the real thing.