Jeff Hand
fake faux
february 21 to march 23, 2003
opening reception: friday, february 21, 2003, 7 – 9 pm

plus ultra feels all warm and fuzzy about presenting “fake faux,” the first new york solo exhibit of work by nashville artist jeff hand. in his latest installation of portraits in fake fur and felt-by-number box kits, hand offers a dizzying deconstruction of the ownership, authorship, and value of art through the metaphor of celebrities cashing in on their fame to peddle products few people would want without their endorsement.

starting with the glossy head-shots found in promotional materials (already questionable in their reality), hand works in fake fur to create his large portraits of suzanne sommers, george foreman, and other celebrities perhaps better known now as the spokesperson for they products they sell than for their original claims to fame. hand then creates images of their respective products in multiple-edition, felt-by-number sets to be assembled by the collector. packaged in mass-produced boxes, hand’s do-it-yourself box sets blur the lines between high and low art, good and bad taste, and ownership and authorship.

the humor in hand’s installation is complex; derived from his materials but then compounded by its implied relationship to his subjects, it becomes cyclical. the shear pleasure in viewing these exquisitely textured and masterfully rendered works, however, is the real fun in hand’s work.

for more information, contact joshua stern or ed winkleman at 718-387-3844 or visit us online at www.plusultragallery.com.

jeff hand
fake faux
february 21 to march 23, 2003
opening reception: friday, february 21, 2003, 7 – 9 pm

Jeff Hand

Fake Faux
February 21 - March 23, 2003
Opens February 21, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Works

Fake Faux

Jeff Hand, Fake Faux, 2003


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