THE BOGUS BOUTIQUE
May 5 to June 23, 2017 Main Gallery
Opening Reception May 5, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Artist Talk at 6 pm
“The Bogus Boutique is a lifestyle brand featuring unique brightly colored ceramic objects and status symbols. These everyday objects foretell the ironic codification of consumer culture as it embodies our current society. In The Bogus Boutique, high heel shoes, punk rock lock necklaces, anchors, over-sized fishing hooks, suitcases, cigarette lighters, cases of beer, life preservers, telephones, knives, perfume bottles, and cocktail garnishes are outrageously over-priced objects as viable subjects for branding and art. Questioning the notion that ordinary objects can become an ‘object of art,’ Bogus encourages a debate about authorship and originality, dissolving the distinction between sanctioned museum pieces and iconic everyday consumed objects.”
David Bogus was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Eastern Kentucky University. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Brown University in Rhode Island and Nicolaysen Museum of Art, Casper, WY and group exhibitions in Romania and Korea. Bogus is an active professional artist, lecturer and instructor. He has exhibited his work all over the USA and has been awarded residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts among others.