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Smoke and Mirrors

Paintings by Jason Bryant

September 6 – October 20, 2012


A Crack in His Faux Fashion (2012), oil on canvas, 60" x 50"

New York, NY. Porter Contemporary is pleased to announce Smoke and Mirrors, a solo exhibition of paintings by Jason Bryant from September 6 through October 20, 2012 with an opening reception with the artist on September 6th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Bryant will explore loneliness, vulnerability and frailty through these beautifully photo-realistically rendered film stills coupled with either Bryant’s signature skateboard graphics which have become so popular or his pixelated characters.

Heavily influenced by classic film, “Jason’s work is at a pinnacle with this exhibition and the idea itself has been something we’ve discussed for almost three years now, even before the success of his last solo show, Trilogy in 2010,” says Jessica L. Porter, Founder and Director of Porter Contemporary. 





Highlights from the exhibition include new works A Crack in His Faux Finish, pictured left, and Love & Lies, an oil on skateboard painting pictured below featuring graphics from a 1990 Powell Peralta skateboard. Each title from the series carries non-literal meaning of smoke and mirrors to portray a facade of confidence and how people use it to trick others into perceiving that all is well. “Sometimes we’re trying to balance chaotic moments or raptures in harmony,” says Jason Bryant, “and we use smoke and mirrors to convey a polished life but sometimes it’s broken.”

Love & Lies (2012), Oil on skateboard, 8.5" x 31"

Listing Information:

What: Smoke and Mirrors, Paintings by Jason Bryant

Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 20, 2012

Opening Reception with Artist: September 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Artist Talk: September 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (RSVP Required)