Richie Rich, Boba Fett and Wonder Woman are just three of the recognizable characters that appear in artist Jason Dussault’s show, Deconstructive/Constructive, at The Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery.
But at the show’s opening last Thursday, there were plenty of other familiar faces, too. Cohosted by BULLETT and legendary Interview magazine alum, GQ style guru Glenn O’Brien, the opening attracted the likes of rapper Mickey Factz, photographer Bob Gruen and model Ash Foo who joined the artist to fete his inaugural solo exhibition.
As we discovered when we visited the artist’s SoHo apartment last week, Dussault’s practice begins, as the show suggests, with destruction. Plates, tiles, thrift store finds, stones – no ceramic is safe in the artist’s studio. These shards are repurposed for Dussault’s dazzling mosaics, which depict the iconic characters that permeated his youth. By working without the help of assistants, the pieces become a love letter straight from the artist to the characters themselves.
But more than simply beautiful objects of nostalgia, the show hints at the ways in which we’ve elevated these fictional characters, initially created for entertainment, into mythical icons. By capturing his subjects via mosaic, a 4,000 year old craft historically employed to depict deities and their most revered disciples, the artist captures the cultural value we’ve placed on these beloved heroes of our youth.
Deconstructive/Constructive is on view at The Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery through April 8th.