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Emmett McDermott

Zoe Gallery

In Emmett McDermott’s clever and irreverent collages of popular media images, this post-Pop artist couples photomechanical and painterly techniques by collaging color Xerox enlargements of magazine photographs onto softly modulated translucent acrylic grounds. Every image is positioned within a larger square and is neatly punctuated with subtle, meticulously positioned rectangles that bespeak the artist’s sense of design. In McDermott’s precise collages, he laminates modified celebrity and advertising images taken from publications such as People, Time, and Vanity Fair, frequently coupled with stenciled messages like “MEAT,” “TOURIST,” “FRUIT,” or “CUT,” onto medium-sized, square canvas grounds painted in high-key colors like tutti-frutti lemon, lime, and orange.

Oversized Xeroxed portraits of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pablo Picasso appear beside slick images of fast-food cheeseburgers,

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