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. The initial concept for this project involved carving this appropriated silhouette of a dead pheasant directly onto a painted section of a wall, which would eventually be plastered over at the end of an exhibition or when the owner of the piece relocates. It would then be "reincarnated" upon subsequent re-installation, representing a microcosmic cycle of creation and destruction. In the case of this show, that application was not possible due to the concrete walls of the venue. Thus this site specific poster acts as both a surrogate of the original concept and evidence of its failure. Like so many concert posters, or subway advertisements, plastered by the millions on city walls around the world, this work is an ephemeral testimony to the transience of artistic investment.

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