Jessica Diamond

American Fine Arts

For the last few years, Jessica Diamond has made a number of ink-on-rice-paper drawings, many of them consisting largely of texts derived from or inspired by the dank morass of the mass media—commercials and sitcoms, vapid jingles and feel-good homilies. In this, her first solo show, Diamond continues to stretch the formal and thematic concerns of her earlier work, both by painting large-scale messages on the gallery wall and by literally remaking the slight, delicate, seemingly ephemeral rice paper drawings as discrete, diminutive objects she calls “commemorative gold pieces.” These creditcard-sized gold plaques, ostentatiously mounted and framed, trumpet the theme of commodification, just as the wall drawings suggest at least a token resistance to it.

“Buy a Condo or Die,” “Elvis Alive,” “Shorts Are Wrong,” “Be Happy You Are Loved”: Diamond manipulates the language of the media, while

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