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Life Ain't For Sissies

Niagara
2014
Acrylic on canvas
24.0024.00

Niagara (American, b. 1956, lives and works in Detroit) Pioneering musician and visual artist, Niagara, invokes the guiding principles native to the punk scene of 70s Detroit in her visual art: anti-elitism, the hijacking of popular culture, satire, wit, in-your-face sexuality, and the total democratization of production methods into universally available modes. As lead singer of Destroy All Monsters, Dark Carnival, and more recently with The Hitmen, these rebellious aesthetics come naturally. In a manner similar to Lichtenstein, Niagara co-opts imagery of women (often villains) from pulp comics and, through the use of collaged text and manipulated color, alters these into tongue-and-cheek parodies of their former selves. Her work has not avoided the great irony of punk culture, with the gradual colonizing shift of the mainstream into its territory, and now takes on new meaning as clear preemption of the ubiquitous tropes of social media memes.

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Niagara (American, b. 1956, lives and works in Detroit) Pioneering musician and visual artist, Niagara, invokes the guiding principles native to the punk scene of 70s Detroit in her visual art: anti-elitism, the hijacking of popular culture, satire, wit, in-your-face sexuality, and the total democratization of production methods into universally available modes. As lead singer of Destroy All Monsters, Dark Carnival, and more recently with The Hitmen, these rebellious aesthetics come naturally. In a manner similar to Lichtenstein, Niagara co-opts imagery of women (often villains) from pulp comics and, through the use of collaged text and manipulated color, alters these into tongue-and-cheek parodies of their former selves. Her work has not avoided the great irony of punk culture, with the gradual colonizing shift of the mainstream into its territory, and now takes on new meaning as clear preemption of the ubiquitous tropes of social media memes.

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LANA CARLSON is an international curator who started her career in Paris and St. Petersburg after receiving an education at the Sorbonne and School of Louvre. As founder and director of Modern Art Gallery, Lana has curated numerous exhibitions and participated in art fairs around the world. Lana also curated and produced the first ever state museums exhibitions of Auguste Rodin in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

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