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04 Sep 2012

Porter Contemporary presents Smoke & Mirrors, Paintings by Jason Bryant

Left to right, cropped images from: Mirror Mirror (2012), oil on Nike, Size 10; A Crack in His Faux Finish (2012), oil on canvas, 60' x 50'; Facade (2012), oil on canvas, 72' x 48'

Smoke & Mirrors: Paintings by Jason Bryant
Porter Contemporary


Public Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Exhibition through October 20 Artist Talk with Jason Bryant, September 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (RSVP required)

Jessica L. Porter
011 212 696 7432

548 w. 28th street
3rd Floor
New York City

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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 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 and Love & Lies, an oil on skateboard painting featuring graphics from a 1990 Powell Peralta skateboard along with Mirror Mirror, an oil on Nike sneaker which launches a new series by Bryant entitled In Flight. 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.'

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 (free and open to the public)
Artist Talk: September 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (limited space RSVP Required)