The show opened on Friday with a VIP reception, and continued Saturday, February 24, 2017, from noon to 9 pm.
The main attraction was Plastic Jesus’ crucified Oscar statue, unveiled earlier on Hollywood Boulevard. The statue, a comment on celebrity culture and how society lavishes pop icons, to inevitably tear them down.
Plastic Jesus’ work was not all hard hitting, dark political commentary, although, most, a commentary on celebrity. One piece stood out, Hope, a black canvas with diamond dust, gently becoming a map of the United States. As if you were seeing lights across the country, on a clear night, from outer space. This piece was mesmerizing. Plastic Jesus could make a lifetime of fine art around this one theme and technique.
Billy Morrison’s work also spoke to celebrity and was derivative, with iconic movie or musical shots on various backgrounds. There were a couple of paintings with a view through a key hole, one with a noose, the other with a woman undressing.
Gibson Guitars, a sponsor of the exhibition, was front and center, with guitars displayed throughout the space, as well as in piles of dirt on the floor.
Plastic Jesus and Billy Morrison