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November 26, 2008

Douglas Kolk: Doom Holiday

Pilar Parra & Romero
Now through December 23

For his first solo exhibition in Spain, Doom Holiday, Douglas Kolk displays his chaotic view of modernity with nine poster-sized collages and a life-size sculpture at Madrid's Pilar Parra & Romero. Pop-culture images of shadowy fashionistas are interspersed with colorful lines that faintly allude to an urban grid. Occasional snippets of text and spray-painted silhouettes of animals, leaves, and tires haunt works such as Garden and Let's Go to the Devil. In a torrent of fragmented images and the haphazardly dressed sculpture Drinking man, the American multimedia artist interprets contemporary anxiety frozen in place. Enveloped in a sense of vulnerability and death, each composition slips between hollow distortions of the real and depictions of reality itself.

-Sarah Stephenson

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