Exhibit: Jonathan Campolo: Greater Hits

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - Saturday, March 28, 2015

An ongoing series devoted to cartoon and popular characters’ brand identities with an emphasis on color and its manipulative effects on consumption.

Booklyn is pleased to present GREATER HITS, a solo exhibition of new work by Jonathan Campolo. GREATER HITS is an ongoing series devoted to exposing cartoon and popular characters’ brand identities with an emphasis on color and its manipulative effects on consumption. If pop must continuously eat itself, so it must also regurgitate.

Campolo will present mounted photographs housed in shallow shadow box frames, sculpture, sound and a hand rendered “wallpaper” pattern mural. The frames are designed to include elements of the image or work in color or texture, resulting in pieces that flirt with image as object and vice versa. A sound piece entitled “Cartoon Sound FX Reel 2000 14,” displaces sound effects from various popular cartoons that the listener can almost recognize, before being distracted immediately by the following sound. Although employing similar themes as the sculptural or photographic works, the sound effects grate on the listener, making discomfort and annoyance almost inevitable.

Campolo’s work challenges the images of familiar characters against their own marketing schemes, offering a foreboding sense of those characters’ consumption in modern culture. The artist displaces aspects of cartoon sound, “physical” identity, environment and color.

A limited edition book – SUCK THE FYSTEM – released in conjunction with the gallery exhibition,  is a collection of single design elements taken from web and digitally exaggerated to emulate pattern or textile designs.

A zine entitled TCHOTCHKES will also be published to celebrate the exhibition, expanding upon an existing photo series of the same name. TCHOTCHKES is a collection of found objects, photographs and contrived situations that all tell the same tale of misfortune. Imagery ranging from photographs taken while traveling to ephemera, trinkets and personal items collected by the artist over time are all tied into a hypothetical relationship between individual and object.

These publications will be available at the opening of GREATER HITS and throughout the duration of the exhibition, as well as past self-published and limited edition printed work by the artist and his affiliated projects.

Jonathan Campolo (b. 1987, NH) is a mixed media artist, co-founder and curator of communal art site FAMILYFAMILYTREE, a graphic designer and musician interested in collaboration. He holds a BA in New Media from Emerson College in partnership with the Consortium of Fine Arts Boston. Jonathan’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, including Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, Open Space’s Publications and Multiples Fair and apart of Impossible’s Permanent Works Collection, in addition to being held in private and public collections. His publications are currently available both online and through worldwide retailers including ARTBOOK at MoMA PS1, Printed Matter Inc., Atomic Books, Ooga Booga, Opening Ceremony and Motto Berlin. His editorial work has been published in various magazines and online including ART FORUM, The Journal, SPIN, Ad Hoc, The Fader, VICE’s Noisey and Interview Magazine. Jonathan is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and additionally in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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