Uncool is a show of recent paintings and drawings by Mike Salter.
Mike revises and reimagines old stories, opening up otherwise culturally calcified tales.
Mike lives far from his origin or origination point both through time and expanse. Embedded in America’s cultural and social proclivities, his work contains an essential attitude or urge towards trailblazing and pioneering, but also a fall from (unraveling of) that American Dream.
“Video games, comic books, cinema, tv and technology are rooted in the fascination and drive steeped in a very specific capitalist, self-aggrandizing and future-looking terminology, replete with self affirming terms like: ‘reinvent yourself,’ ‘break the mold,’ ‘go your own way,’ ‘be heroic,’ ‘think different’. American mythology is palpable and constant and leads to a quite specific interpretation of the definition of personal success and communal responsibility. Something to the effect of: seek wealth and provide. I find the power and failures of this cultural mode bewildering and spectacular.”
Mike’s drawings reflect a desire to untangle the lines between grand intention and final goal. His work includes moments remembered from youth, mashed up with characters and symbols. Remnants from a childhood or remembered past. There are also current symbols and events put in place, which construct a relationship through not just remembered time, but also the present tense. Each work has its own agency, every moment or story is given a unique and congruous sensation. What emerges is a collective series of parallel sensations: Godliness and greed, searching and colonizing, love and entertainment. In their entirety, the works express how these sensations are interchanged and misunderstood, like an unintelligible map or a big box of referential toys tipped over and emptied out on the floor.
“My hope is that other people will come and take them all away so that I can better understand what it is that’s going on here.”
On from AUGUST 21 - 28
Show Home will host a variety of works on both floors of the space.
PRIVATE VIEW \\ FRIDAY AUGUST 21 \ ☀ 6PM → ☾ 9PM
OPEN \\ SAT 22 - SUN 23 \ ☀ 10AM → ☾
BY APPOINTMENT \\ MON 24 → FRI 28 (contact us to arrange)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mike Salter has been living and working in London since 2008. Born in Los Angeles (1984).
Slade School of Fine Art MFA Painting (2010)
Dartmouth College BA Hons (2006)