MARCEL DZAMA "DISCO LADY", 2017
With his unmistakable version of contemporary Surrealism, Marcel Dzama is one of the most successful contemporary Canadian artists. Born in Winnipeg in 1974, Dzama had an international reputation by the time he was 30.
In the 1990's, as one of the founding members of the Royal Art Lodge, Dzama contributed to the renaissance of figurative art and simultaneously put Winnipeg on the map as a center for Canadian creativity.
In the mid 2000's Dzama's work began to evolve from the intimate surreal drawings that established his reputation. The backgrounds became dark and saturated and the scale of the figures became larger and more imposing. Their were ouvert references to turn of the century cinema and allusions to dance, performance and disguise.
"Disco Lady" is a close-cropped portrait of a masked or hooded woman. The black mask and border framing the work are set against a steely blue background. Wide eyes and a red mouth peak out from holes in the mask, revealing elements of the vintage black & white portrait that appears collaged in. Masks, and other superhero (or villain) regalia, are reoccurring motifs within Dzama's oeuvre. While dance/dancing are often depicted in Dzama's world, the reference to Disco is mysterious if not absurd.
Like the best of Dzama's work the viewer is beckoned and asked to assemble a narrative. Who is this hooded heroine? And what kind of disco does she frequent?
Dzama's work can be found in a host of prestigious public and private collections including Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the MoMA, Le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. He is particularly favored by celebrity collectors including Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey and Steve Martin.
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Ink, lithograph and silkscreen
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered by the artist
19"H 16.5"W (work)
22"H 19"W (framed)
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