“ Now that the Pandora’s Box of what McLuhan coined “The Global Village” has been opened, the landscape of our collective political, social, creative, and personal identities ebb seamlessly back and forth, with the world as our spectator. Our analog presence has been expediently replaced by a virtual definition. This vast network of information and disinformation has redefined our conscious function in the real world. We are positioned in a sedentary platform of discourse, interpretation, and voyeurism. Through these systems we are policed, cataloged and displaced by unseen methods, techniques, and operative means rendering the physical obsolete. As Baudrillard exclaimed, “The Real – now unexchangeable because it has been spirited away by its double, but not ideologically degradable – becomes subject to endless demand, becomes an ideological concession granted in perpetuity”. As an artist working in the analogue and virtual, my concern is to remain grounded in the real and to observe, record, and construct a physical visual record of the future events that are unfolding.
Kevin Bourgeois’ work stands within the traditions of the second half of the 20th century and yet puts them at the service of 21st century themes and aesthetics. His work recalls Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Chuck Close, Kiki Smith,the fascination with logos, brands and every-day objects in so-called Pop Art, Photorealism, and the flowering of collage art post-World War II. He also brings to bear upon his work an impressive craftsmanship and care for his materials. This is no more apparent than in his drawing, and drawing, its line and clarity of image, is at the core of his work as evidenced in his Carbon Nation and US- simulated series which have been exhibited in New York with Causey Contemporary, featured in the DRAW touring exhibition along side such art world personages as Richard Serra and HR Giger, at Collector's Contemporary in Singapore and most recently at SELF Identities – Faces. Places. Spaces' at Palazzo Ca'Zanardi, a collateral event to the
2015 La Biennale di Venezia and a Solo Installation at VOLTA 12 Basel, Switzerland