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Nick Doyle Subverts American Consumerism in "Ruin"

Catch the exhibition at Perrotin Paris until May 28.

After showcasing his last body of work, “Everything is Fine” at Perrotin Seoul, Nick Doyle is making his Paris debut in a new exhibition, titled “Ruin.”

Housed at the gallery’s Parisian outpost, the California-born, New York-based artist surveys the iconography of American consumerism in an act of subversion that reflects the washed-out materialistic society to which they originate from. “Doyle depicts the agonies and impasses of a society in ruins,” wrote professor and critic, Mathieu Buard, adding, “where forsaken artifacts and décor coexist in a mercantile prosody. His works parody advertising signs, the target or the shooter.”

A broken pencil, a stained shirt, gallons upon gallons of milk — some of the banal scenes woven in Doyles signature pastiche, denim, another symbolic material that he references to American manifest destiny. In the past, Doyle has stated this exploration is always rooted in “what it means to be an American.” A quest that is inextricably tied to consumer culture that leaves the artist in “shame.”

“Ruin” is on view at Perrotin Paris until May 28.

Elsewhere in art, Charlie Roberts channels his canine muse in Hammer Work.

Perrotin
76 Rue de Turenne
75003 Paris, France

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