Art In America

Jerry Kearns

at Mike Weiss Gallery,
520 W. 24th St.

Pop art lives! Veteran artist Jerry Kearns, once active in the 1980-86 advocacy group Political Art Documentation and Distribution (PAD/D), here presents eight new figurative paintings and five murals, all drawing on vernacular sources (comic books, movies, pulp fiction, TV) and the conventions of hero-villain mythology to make wry social and psychological observations. Christ, for example, is often cast as a cowboy—one as inept as George W. Bush when he assumed that geopolitical role post-9/11. Are we all equally victims of our childhood media conditioning?

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