As summer begins, and the nights heat up, Luke Pelletier creates his own retro-fantasy, transporting his viewers to a dreamlike Americana themed extravaganza filled with carnival stages, fireworks, and more. Pelletier embeds each painting in its own bold world, building a playful ambiance of interconnected realities. His paintings vary from still lives of classic american iconography and paraphernalia to large scale, drama-type nostalgic scenes. Lewd Romance, is Luke Pelletier’s fourth solo exhibition at New Image Art, and moreover is a view into amorous tableaus within a campy paradise.
Much of Luke’s art is filled with personal anecdotes, dark humor, dualities, contradictions, repetition, and scenes of paradise that are simultaneously pristine and decaying. Luke Pelletier uses photography, painting, sculpture, social practice, writing, and craft to riff on his moral dilemmas with romance, objectification, labor, competition, tourist culture, capitalism, addiction, free will, masculinity, fun, and Americana.
Luke Pelletier grew up in western North Carolina. He graduated with a BFA from SAIC in 2015.
Luke Pelletier: Lewd Romance
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – July 16, 2019
New Image Art
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046