Born in 1955 - United States
Jonathan Seliger makes meticulous reproductions/ interpretations of mass produced objects and containers for everyday consumables. Here, having departed from his signature painted canvas constructions to explore aluminum, bronze and stainless steel fabrications which are sprayed with automotive enamels, he takes the once popular slogan “Super Size It” to the extreme presenting larger-than-life versions of a milk carton and a Hermes bag, both measuring well over eight feet tall, and an unfolded wall-mounted Chinese take-out container.
Seliger roots his visual vocabulary in contemporary and 20th Century art historical precedents; combining ideas about scale, seriality, and fabrication, prevalent in minimalism, together with the content of pop art, and an attention to detail and surface quality on par with west coast finish fetish practitioners. His use of language, the naming of artworks and show titles for example, adds still other dimensions to the work, an element of humor or social critique.
Jonathan Seliger has exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY, and in many other museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His works are included in important collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Panza Collection, Magasin 3, the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, and the Walker Art Center, among others. His work is currently on view in the Lucca Center for Contemporary Art’s “State of Mind: Minimal Art/ Panza Collection,”in Italy, and will be included in the upcoming “Thrice upon a time,” at the Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall.
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