This is the generation where taking a “selfie” (camera phone shots of yourself) is as ubiquitous as finding a Starbuck’s in every street corner. AF came to the self portraits and work of Noah Becker at The Lodge Gallery last November 7th. Rebooting art history time lines by his collage like self portraits where the artist is front and center either in a Caravaggio tableaux or the iconic Warhol POP era that the oeuvre is as much a commentary on today’s culture obsession of taking a selfie photo to share on social media outlets. Everyone wants to be front and center. This recent series is bold and the perfect representation of this cultural phenomenon. Upon closer observation you can find the quirky details that add another layer to this straight forward idea of self portraits. The so called no wall barrier of social media where we expose ourselves is a quaint idea when as a matter of fact, we self edit and control what others can see or perceive about our persona. Also included in the show are the earlier series of portraits that mash up traditional portraiture with modern elements. It is forthcoming and skillful of Becker to push the sense of self and most perceptions would be that it is all about him. As a matter of fact, he mirrors what we all deal with ourselves in this era of social media and self promotion. Most of us see ourselves better reflected back through other people’s point of view. You must catch this show and seek then eventually find yourself a bit in the art universe of Noah Becker. If for nothing else, just go and be your bad ass self!
Noah Becker / On View: November 6 – December 1 , 2013
Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri (2 to 10 pm), Sat – Sun (12 pm – 12 am)
The Lodge Gallery. 131 Chrystie Street. NYC, NY 10002
Text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Photography by: Max Noy Photo