Friday, November 09, 2018

Joe Suzuki | Black Book Gallery

Some of Joe Suzuki's own brand of pop art is in Denver this month for a group show at Black Book Gallery. The opening is free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, 11/10.

Suzuki's Trompe l’oeil series of acrylic-on-canvas mashups of luxury logos with affordable luxuries ala Starbucks have something to say about status and labels. But his playful, cheeky Happy Accident series is what first got our attention.

It got even better in October when he posted this beaut on Instagram:

"I met Ken last year at my daughter's gymnastics meet at the Ontario Convention Center," Suzuki wrote. "I recognized him right away but I didn't want to draw attention so I quietly went up to him and told him I was a big fan. He thanked me and wished my daughter good luck. Throughout the meet, I saw him cheering for his daughter, often getting up from his seat to get a better view and to take pics of his daughter's performance. I was already a fan but I became even a bigger fan after seeing what a great family man he is."

Suzuki's management team says Jeong didn't know who Suzuki was, but Jeong did repost Suzuki on his own account.

"I know Joe would love to give that piece to Ken, but he still has the piece at his studio," says Megan on Suzuki's team.

The group show featuring some of Suzuki's work is called "Fake Views" and also includes Ryan Thomas Monahan, who is scheduled to attend. Monahan's work is the kind that probably needs to be seen in person to appreciate all the details.

See you there.

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