Opening Reception Kevin Blake

"Living Like Larry"

Marshall J. Gardner Center For The Arts


“Living Like Larry,” a meme popularized by the TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, is (on the surface) a mantra that encourages people to live their lives to the fullest. Larry the Lobster, known for his muscular physique and confident demeanor, is often seen as the epitome of success and happiness by his peers on the show. Here, this meme is used as a reflection of society’s complex and often contradictory relationship with pleasure, materialism, and cultural norms. The work in this exhibition is at once a set of mirrors, echoing the viewer’s own generic interpretations of memes, and windows that provide the vistas of other oversimplified collages of ideas.

 

 

The Chicago artist comes to Gary Indiana. Kevin Blake is an artist and writer living and working in Chicago, IL. After completing a BFA (2004) in Painting and Drawing and an MA in art education (2011) from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Kevin went on to receive an MFA in visual arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (2014). Kevin’s debut solo exhibition opened at The Riverside Art Center in March of 2017 and followed by another solo exhibition at the University of Indiana Northwest in November of 2017. Kevin is a contributing writer for Bad at Sports, and has published numerous catalog essays, a few poems, and an artist book.

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