Ellen de Meijer’s new paintings show how contemporary norms and social mobility has come at the cost of our planet’s health. “#CO2,” a show opening at UNIX Gallery on April 11, shows characters at times taking small measures to protect themselves from the elements, while the greater threat to all looms. The gallery says that in this show, viewers can find “a collection of stoic, uncomfortable characters unabashedly displaying their wealth.”
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NEW WORK: Symbols and storytelling are everything, this new work shares the idea that global warming is spread by different parties and different interests. I used the newspaper hat to convey superficialness, the holster newspaper is positioned like a gun and the newspaper behind his back like a bludgeon, hidden and dangerous. Painting: ‘Infocalypse’ 2019, oil on canvas. On show at #CO2 opening April 11 @Unixgallery, New York, NY
“As we simultaneously take pride in the evolution of humankind, we seem ignorant to the gravity and subsequent impact of climate change on our planet,” UNIX says. “De Meijer believes we have wholly embraced a fidelity to material possessions, power, and individual gains, and that our detachment will lead to devastating consequences.”
The show runs through May 18. See more works from the show below.