We would like to take the space of this blog post to make a public proclamation.
Dear Terrence Payne,
The entire staff of Paper Darts is in love with your work. Thank you for introducing us to the work of John Diebel. Now we are in love with him too.
We will be at your show on the October 13, giddy and awkward, spilling our free wine all over our party dresses in happiness, basking in the myth of Utopia.
Thank you for all you do.
And now, a sneak peek at the upcoming show...
The Myth of Utopia
Saturday October 13 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
You Think You Are Dancing, But Really You Are Just Dying Slowly
We May Be Cousins but We Are Still Better than You
Who is Terrence?
Terrence Payne probes the motivations which might lead an individual to give over their own identity in exchange for the promise of a better life. From the hippy optimism of the glassy-eyed Deadhead to the expansionist principals of American settlers, Payne picks apart the motivations of the beguiled and the guileless and attempts to reassemble the fractured parts of their humanity. These large-scale oil pastel drawings utilize the pattern and iconography familiar to Payne’s earlier work while expanding his visual vocabulary in order to stimulate and amuse his audience.
Our Paradise Is Protected
Who is John?
John Diebel is exploring the relics and ruined ideals of the last century, critiquing ideologically conceived structures from the Eastern Bloc to the block where you grew up. Diebel separates the physical design from the ideal and points out how beauty can blossom even from the ashes of failed utopias. Through the use of an intricately cut collage technique, Diebel captures and distills the essence of his architectural subjects, frequently adding a modern dynamism by rendering them in an isometric perspective reminiscent of early video games. His newest work revives these apparitions of the past through bright colors and precise compositions while building on his lengthy study of political architecture.
I Saw the Future and It Was Stupid
In the Shadow of the Floating City