New Paintings – Dean Blunt
‘the good die young, ball in heaven’
‘Following the US example, the 1990s to the early 2000s saw the formation and institutional entrenchment of a constructed British ‘urban’ identity (for which read predominantly black, but also white and Asian, inner-city and council estate-bound working-class youth and young adults). A model based on a set of apolitical, reductive and consumer-driven lifestyle norms and aspirations embodied in totemic commodities like Moët & Chandon, Nike sportswear, Armani Jeans and mobile phones. These were materials that simultaneously conferred elevated status, actualised and legitimated selfhood, and contained the promise of liberation and advancement. The reality is that these products did nothing of the sort and their use as signifiers of an essential ‘urban’ identity was a lie.’
- Quaintance, M., Post Racialism, Art Monthly, Issue 370, October 2013
Dean Blunt lives and works between London and Atlanta. NERO is currently working on a book with Dean Blunt to be released December 2014.
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3 October 2014 – 7 December 2014