Luke Pelletier | Cherries & Ants

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Cherries & Ants - $2,000 - 1 Shot enamel paint on found metal box.

 

American Stories & Sentiments
For this show at Mortal Machine Gallery in New Orleans, Luke Pelletier made a new body of work and recorded a full length album with the same title. This is the first time he’s combined my music and visual art together in a gallery setting.

The body of work is made up of paintings, short stories, photographs, songs, and painted guitars.

The work that Luke made for this show is filled with narratives that celebrate, poke fun at, and enthusiastically document the American anti-hero. The songs reminisce on bad behavior. The paintings inflate stories of crime, violence, and romance. The short stories relay and twist tales from his past. And the painted guitars leave plenty of room for new stories to be told.

Listen to his new record wherever you listen to music on 11/11/22.

 

Luke Pelletier grew up in western North Carolina and currently works and resides in Los Angeles. He graduated with a BFA in fine art from the School of Art Institute Chicago in 2015.

 Living in a tourist town for much of his life, Pelletier has been heavily influenced by the seasonal economies and the multi-level relationships between tourists and locals. Much of Pelletier’s art blurs the lines between celebrating and condemning a culture that agrees to be taken advantage of while equally taking advantage of other cultures. His work is filled with personal anecdotes, dark humor, both dualities & contradictions through scenes of decaying paradise.

Pelletier uses photography, painting, sculpture, social practice, and writing to explore his moral dilemmas of romance, addiction, tourist culture, masculinity, and Americana.