JIM CARREY EXPLODES INTO THE ART WORLD WITH “INDIGNATION” OCTOBER 23

 

Art means many things to both those viewing it and those creating it. Some see art as a means to express something personal with a freedom that only individual creativity provides, for others it is a way to visually or musically tell a story or a voice to change the world, and yet for others it is a way to escape into another world altogether. For those Making a Future In Art it is an inner reflection of a personal reality that screams for fruition; a concept Jim Carrey is completely aware of.

Making art in general is not really a choice,” he said. “I’m being painted and I’m being expressed and I’m being created, and there’s little me involved.”

(Images Courtesy of Jim Carrey and Maccarone)

Jim Carrey –Stage 4 America, 2018  Inventory # JC-18-0620.1

Acrylic andwater-based paint marker on paper 12×9.5 inches  

 

For the last seven years, Carrey has thrown himself into creating, not a role on film as we have become accustomed to from the Oscar-Nominated Canadian comedian who catapulted to fame in the 90’s with starring roles in comedies such as Ace Ventura Pet Detective and The Mask, but as a serious sculptor, painter and surprisingly a cutting political cartoonist who has made his disdain for the current state of politics an art form… Literally, visually throwing serious political punches about gun violence, immigration, South Korea, and the state of the White House aimed directly at the Trump Administration.

                            
(Images Courtsey of Jim Carrey and Maccarone)                                                               (Images Courtesy of Jim Carrey and Maccarone)

Jim Carrey- Fathers Day 2018                                                                                                  Giuliani Doesn’t Bleach The Bottom Teeth 2018

Acrylic and Water-based paint marker on paper                                                                       Acrylic and water-based paint marker on paper

12×9.5 inches                                                                                                                           12×9.5 inches

Inventory # JC-18-0617.1                                                                                                         Inventory # JC-18-0512.1

I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life. They make something physically come into being that is inspired by their emotions or their needs…”

All pain becomes art. That’s the rule,” Carrey explained to Colin Stokes associate cartoon editor of the New Yorker on stage at the 2018 New Yorker Festival October 6th “Some horrible thing happens in your life. For me, I end up at the art studio.”

 

With the exception of Nothing to See Here,” a small show at Palm Springs’ Heather James Fine Art in 2011, Carrey had kept his art relatively quiet devoting himself to painting, sculpting, and sketching as a way of mending personal heartbreak.

(Images Courtesy of Jim Carrey and Maccarone) Inventory # JC-18-0329

Jim Carrey- I Scream, You Scream Will We Ever Stop, 2018  

Acrylic and water-based paint marker on paper 12×9.5 inches

Since the 2016 Presidential Election however, Carrey, who was no longer able to keep his frustration and disappointment in the United States Constituency to himself took to Twitter, ironically the same platform employed by those he critiques, sharing regular post with his nearly 18 million followers containing his political cartoons along with often witty, impassioned introspective or heart-wrenching messages. Those who have been following Carrey’s endeavors on Twitter since the last presidential election, have seen a surprising talent and a clear statement both of which are making numerous headlines and drawing the interest of activists, politicians and the art world, including the prestigious Los Angeles/New York gallery Maccarone.

Those works will be the subject of a gallery show, “IndigNation: Political Cartoons by Jim Carrey, 2016–2018,” opening October 23, 2018 and running through December 1, 2018 at Maccarone in Los Angeles, filling the space with close to 80 sketches and a single painting. Its run being deliberately timed to occur at the same time as the midterm elections.

(Images Courtesy of Jim Carrey and Maccarone)

Jim Carrey-The Great Spewdini, 2018 Inventory #JC-18-003

Acrylic and water-based paint marker on paper 12×9.5 inches

“This exhibition is a protest, regardless of what happens in the midterms. Someone needs to say something loud and clear.” Michele Maccarone stated “Our gallery has a history of mounting exhibitions that look beyond the orthodoxies of the art world. In its empowered form, art is a vision, a protest, a viewpoint set forth by its maker out of a sense of urgency. Jim Carrey’s political drawings are a great example of this. He draws every day to materialize his protest, and he uses Twitter to ensure that the widest possible audience encounters these images along with his commentary. By presenting the original drawings in real life, in a single room, we are encouraging visitors to slow down and truly take them in, to hear what Carrey is saying by seeing what he is drawing.”

Carrey’s decision to share his drawings, via Twitter and the gallery show comes from a belief that freedom of speech is a right that must be exercised in order to remain protected according to sources but it goes even deeper than that Carrey believes everything you see and hear is speaking to you, something inside of you telling a story and he wants to tell his version of the story playing out at this time in his life. If his latest tweet and latest creation are any indication Jim Carrey is taking a decidedly brighter outlook on life.-By Ladea Sanders

 

(Image courtesy of Jim Carrey-Twitter)

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