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Sean Landers "Around the World Alone" at Friedrich Petzel, New York

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 26 Jun 2011
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This is another show we caught in NYC this past week, Sean Landers' "Around the World Alone," at Friedrich Petzel Gallery. The show featured the solitary clown, alone, on a ship, solo, progressing from young boy clown to old man clown.

As Friedrich Petzel notes, "In Around the World Alone Landers has once again returned to the solitary clown in the boat from his 1996 painting, Alone. Invoking Manet’s Rochefort’s Escape, Alone depicts a diminutive clown in an insufficient rowboat. At its core, Landers’s clown character, then and now, is a poignant symbol of his stream of consciousness. It represents Landers’s interior life and, in his words, “broke the mold of people’s perception of me as the ‘text painting guy,’ helped me define myself as an image maker and emancipated my future as an artist.” The metaphor of artist as a solo sailor, one who risks everything to achieve a life’s work, is a central and recurring symbol throughout Landers’s work and figures prominently in this show."

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