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Elegy of the Last Republic 028: Sun's Out Guns Out | Son's Out Guns Out, 2018 Collage

Cody Bayne

United States

Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 11 W x 15 H x 0.1 D in

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mixed-media: paper, acrylic, latex paint, marker, flashe vinyl paint, spray paint, gel medium on found merchant poster Irregularities in surface, form & shape of artwork are true to intent of the piece and speak to the materials used, the innate history of the materials, as well as, the ephemeral qualities of the object and the joy "perceived flaws" present in new context as perfection. This work comes from a on-going body of work entitled "Elegies of the Last Republic" a direct nod to the seminal body of work by Robert Motherwell. Motherwell described the Elegies as his "private insistence that a terrible death happened that should not be forgot. But," he added, "the pictures are also general metaphors of the contrast between life and death, and their interrelation." My works extends this notion into the current day and expands not only upon the interrelation of life and death but serves to admonish those who so readily forget the past & questions if it is even "in the past" but more so a state of infinite repetition. Cody Bayne is the creator who coined the term Neo-Urban Expressionism. His work has been compared with the key artists of the 20th century - Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol - who made new meaning of contemporary culture and forged new individualized visual languages . Cody has been featured by Saatchi Art's Chief Curator for their most prestigious feature, Invest In Art series in 2016

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Collage:Paper on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:11 W x 15 H x 0.1 D in

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Cody Bayne is an Artist based in Los Angeles. Cody's work explores time, impermanence, coded vernaculars, identity & place He makes mixed-media works which he refers to as Urban Informalism or Neo-Urban Expressionism. He has been compared with key artists of the 20th century - Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg & Warhol due to how he creates work that establishes a relationship to contemporary culture by forging a new visual language. N.U.E. offers the opportunity sociocultural comment that lays at the intersection of Graffiti, Art Washing & the Contemporary Art by establishing a new urban vernacular that can also be referred to as Urban Informalism. ||| I create a relationship between contemporary art and cultural intersectionality. By forging a visual language and personal dialogue my work strives for intellectual and emotional connection with the viewer. I use materials sourced from cities around the world, which serve as backdrop of urban decay creating a unique urban vernacular, one that is both familiar and foreign to all of us. In essence, I see the work as a unification of familiars. I’m drawn to beauty of flaws, the discarded and interested how it’s physically present everywhere yet overlooked concurrently. I “harvest” information from the environment of the city and in my studio reassemble the materials. In so doing, I’m interested in dialogue between the materials I use and the sociocultural comments that the work leads to. The work is executed with a balance of formulaic parameters and action oriented process. Immediacy and accidental interventions play a strong role in the making of the work with intention to create connection to the beauty of the decayed and discarded. I allow my artist hand to be present and discernible in all my work as a symbol not only of humanity but also of distressed conditions and environments that inspire me. Though I do not intentionally approach the work through a filter of social comment I am keenly aware, that by drawing upon these cues and visual references, the poetry of the metropolis leads to this conversation. My work is both contemporary and academic. By acknowledging legacy art movements and methods referenced in my work, I’m creating art based in urban informalism influenced by Street Art, Graffiti, Modernism & Contemporary Art.

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