The Party's Over or When Wisdom Expires is about failed ideas, incomplete thoughts and antiquated belief systems that subsist in historical visual language. The imagery is appropriated from a relatively insignificant 19th century still life painting from the Louvre, a genre of "game" paintings alluding to transitory existence, that was once poignant in its brutal confrontation. Today, a hand painted oil-on-canvas reproduction of this work can be ordered from a manufacturer in China, in several sizes, now a thoroughly valueless decoration, easily dismissed as banal. This project involves carving this appropriated silhouette of a dead pheasant directly onto a painted section of a wall, which would eventually be plastered over when the owner of the piece relocates. It would then be "reincarnated" upon subsequent reinstallation, representing a microcosmic cycle of creation and destruction. The work can also be "made" by the buyer or a hired installer, who would follow specific steps to yield the work, with inherent variations and anomalies. Thus the work becomes an ephemeral testimony to the transience of artistic investment.
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