ALIVE WITH PLEASURE pop up show 213 bowery, New york
Inspired by vintage Newport cigarette advertisements Alive With Pleasure features layered paintings that explore themes of life, pleasure, expectations and disappointment. The sexually suggestive Newport cigarettes advertisements depicted young, attractive, smiling people engaged in physical activity.
When incorporated into Marcarson’s mixed media pieces, the insincerity of the images is palpable. Alive With Pleasure highlights our desperate attempts to find pleasure, contentedness or happiness and the simultaneous tendency to turn to crutches such as drugs, sex, alcohol, or other vices to convince ourselves we are happy. In the current Instagram culture, these hollow images of smiling faces ring particularly false.