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Everyone is Crazy Except For Me

RUN #:00099
Type:Aerosol on Cradled Wood Box
Size:12 x 12 x 2 inch
Release:April 28, 2016
Run of:40
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ABOUT THIS ART:
Denial is back for his 5th release on 1xRUN. This release is part of his solo exhibition at 323East Gallery that opened on October 8th, entitled Accept Denial. He's put together an entirely new collection of over 40 new works for the show. The pieces - done in mediums ranging from video installation to 3-dimensional sculptural "provocations" - are all new.

The theme of the show, however, is not new - it is an evolved one.

How does one maintain a sense of identity in a society that is slowly being suffocated by an animus of pure commercialism? Indeed, is there even a need for personal identity when nearly every facet of a person's existence is shaped by his or her role as a consumer. Notable exceptions around the globe notwithstanding, man has never been so free as he presumably is now. However, this liberty and self-awareness is practically a dead issue - you cannot "buy" with a creed and character is not a thing taken into account by a credit rating.

The dystopian visionaries who predicted all this (the ones still living anyway) are probably smiling now - albeit sadly. And like this eminently skilled and (may we use the word?) angry artist, they probably appreciate the call to action that is coded within the show.

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ABOUT Denial:
DENIAL is a Canadian artist whose work critiques consumerism and the human condition. Though based in Windsor Ontario, DENIAL spends much of the year traveling and exhibiting throughout Canada and USA, having done solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Toronto and Vancouver.

Check out previous interviews and more about Denial In The 1xNEWs Section


In 2000 he adopted the moniker ‘DENIAL’ as a means of poking fun at advertising, politics and media messages that contemporary society is often ‘in denial’ about. Since then he has maintained an ongoing global street-campaign of over 500, 000 stickers, placards and murals, using the alpha-numeric characters ‘D3N!@L’. Intended as a conceptual means of marketing absurdism, DENIAL also challenges traditional notions of graffiti and public art through his bold and often satirical visual subversions.

In 2012 DENIAL started ‘Free 4 All Walls’ which is the largest public art project of its kind in South West Ontario. Bringing artists from around the world to beautify and re-invigorate public walls around Windsor, the government funded program has been a huge success in supporting the local community and promoting the value of street-art in contemporary society. Invited artists who have painted murals include: Nychos (Austria), Bask (USA), Omen(Canada), Ben Frost (Australia), Nosego(USA), Persue (USA), Rime (USA), Above (USA), Elicser (Canada), High 5 (Canada), Nekoes (USA), Labrona (Canada), Gaia (USA), Kwest (Canada), Spud (Canada), Earthcrusher (Canada) , Czr Prz (USA), Chou (Canada), Uber5000 (Canada) and XRAY (Canada). The project intends to continue well into 2014.

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