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Tom Sanford – Lil Wayne


$100 USD

Lil Wayne print by Tom Sanford
Lil Wayne, Tom Sanford, archival pigment print, approx. 22 x 17 inches,
signed and numbered edition of 100, 2016, $100 USD plus shipping .

NOWhere Limited is pleased to announce the exclusive release of a new, signed and numbered archival pigment print edition by Tom Sanford: Lil Wayne

ABOUT THE PRINT:
This high resolution archival pigment print measures approximately 22 x 17 inches. The signed and numbered edition of 10 is printed on acid free paper and is priced at $100 USD per copy, plus shipping. A printer’s proof edition is also available: here It is limited to just 10 copies and is priced at $250 USD.

ABOUT THE IMAGE:
About this piece, Tom says:

I made this painting of Lil Wayne back in 2009, the same year Adam Bhala Lough released his documentary “The Carter.” Now, seven years later, my painting is being used as the cover art for the internet re-release of the film and so we thought this would be a wonderful reason to issue a print of the painting.

The painting is one that I find particularly successful in a technical sense. Inspired by Otto Dix’s 1913 self portrait of the young artist smoking, I hoped to engender a similar expressionistic pathos by juxtaposing a finely painted portrait of Dwayne Carter with a much more expressionistic style in painting the pot smoke coming out of his mouth, gooey and thick with oily medium.

When Bhala approached me about using this image for the re-release of “The Carter” I was incredibly flattered. His film is a powerful documentation of Lil Wayne’s surrealist-like artistic process and his alienation as he descends into a drug induced isolation. Adam’s documentary perfectly captured my ambivalent feelings about this fascinating artist’s life and work. I love the painting I made, but his documentary is a masterpiece and I am thrilled to have this association with “The Carter.”

Lil Wayne print by Tom Sanford

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Tom Sanford is a New York-based artist whose work is exhibited around the world. His paintings, which range from historical works depicting celebrity assassinations to portraits of gangsta rappers and teen pop tarts to elaborate cosmologies weaved together from Hollywood movies, reflect a deep ambivalence about the American cultural condition.

For more information about Tom Sanford, please consult his website at: http://tomsanford.com

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Tom Sanford – American Garbage


$100 USD

American Garbage print by Tom Sanford
American Garbage, Tom Sanford, archival pigment print, approx. 20 x 17 inches,
signed and numbered edition of 15, 2015, $100 USD plus shipping .

NOWhere Limited is pleased to announce the exclusive release of a new, signed and numbered archival pigment print edition by Tom Sanford: American Garbage

ABOUT THE PRINT:
This high resolution archival pigment print measures approximately 20 x 17 inches. The artist’s signed and numbered edition of 15 is printed on acid free paper and is priced at $100 USD per copy, plus shipping.

ABOUT THE IMAGE:
About this piece, Tom says:

Modified Master Paintings (The Rape of the Masters)

These paintings are the first in a new body of my work for which I have commissioned Chinese commercial painters to make reproductions of canonical works of western painting. I then have them shipped to my New York studio and alter them by painting over some, or almost all of, the original image.

The project was inspired by a visit to an exhibition of the work of Asger Jorn while visiting Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014. I was particularly interested in Jorn’s “Institute for Comparative Vandalisme” in which he modified or disfigured department store paintings as well as 19th century salon paintings. It occurred to me that the availability of high quality but affordable reproductions of paintings from the Chinese commercial painters provided an opportunity to “modify” and attempt to “improve” any painting that one could find an image of on the internet. Certainly in the case of Jorn’s paintings, the “modifications” were much more exciting, and to my eye much better, than the original paintings that he had started with. But the paintings Jorn started with weren’t all that good. It would be a greater challenge, and of more interest to me, to try to “modify” and perhaps “improve” some of the greatest paintings of the western canon. I selected a seven of my personal favorites and commissioned the Chinese commercial painters to reproduce them at 1:1 scale to the originals.

I think my interests and intentions might not have been the same as Jorn’s and the Situationists artists as his modifications seem intended to use painting language to point out that avant-guard provocation is a convention, and even a joke. At this point the avant-guard is quite clearly an antiquated notion, having been ridiculed for decades in popular culture, and not really my concern at all. I thought of the project as less intellectual and more emotional. What would it feel like to work into a great painting? To deface (and probably ruin) a work that one has the greatest respect for? What would happen when my starting point was a complete and probably perfect painting?

I found that it difficult to start these paintings. Usually when I start a painting I have a clear idea of where want to end that painting. This was not the case here. With these paintings the first move was to mess up the painting, then react to that and mess it up some more with more mistakes, and continue on that trajectory until hopefully the painting would become a new and different thing, not just a vandalized version of the original. At the same time as wishing the painting to be a new painting, I wanted to leave just enough of the old painting so that the viewer could recognize the original starting point of the image.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that the problem of reworking these master works caused me real anxiety, or compounded my usual anxieties about money and family and other real life concerns. I found myself sleeping less, drinking more and just being a little more grumpy than I usually am. I came to the conclusion that it was foolish to aspire to improve on these works, but I could hope to modernize them, rework them with a chaotic aesthetic that seemed more contemporary. I did not try to have a seamless integration of my modifications (as I sometimes try to do in my Mao paintings). Instead I varied my style and painting approach to make it apparent that something here was old and something was new, but perhaps it is not immediately obvious exactly what I painted and what remains. In the end the paintings are aggressive and chaotic in places but also have moments of care and consideration. I believe that these paintings reflect my anxiety and ambivalence about modifying and/or vandalizing the Masters. I am still digesting these works and what I have accomplished here…

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Tom Sanford is a New York-based artist whose work is exhibited around the world. His paintings, which range from historical works depicting celebrity assassinations to portraits of gangsta rappers and teen pop tarts to elaborate cosmologies weaved together from Hollywood movies, reflect a deep ambivalence about the American cultural condition.

For more information about Tom Sanford, please consult his website at: http://tomsanford.com

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Tom Sanford – The Somali Pirates Vs. The USS Bainbridge


$80 USD

The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge print by Tom Sanford
The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge, Tom Sanford, archival pigment print, approx. 20 x 17 inches, signed and numbered edition of 30, 2010, $80 USD plus shipping sold out at NOWhere Limited.

NOWhere Limited is pleased to announce the exclusive release of a new, signed and numbered archival pigment print edition by Tom Sanford: The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge

ABOUT THE PRINT:
This high resolution archival pigment print measures approximately 20 x 17 inches. The artist’s signed and numbered edition of 30 is printed on acid free paper and is priced at $80 USD per copy, plus shipping. An artist’s proof edition is also available: here It is limited to just 6 copies and is priced at $150 USD.

ABOUT THE IMAGE:
About this piece, Tom says:

I picked this event, first because of timing, as the event took place just as I was finishing up a large painting of the Black Friday WalMART stampede of 2008, and I was looking for a new subject. I also picked it because this event so beautifully illustrates global economics and the power dynamics of a pluralistic world. And besides, I love the idea of living in a world where pirates roam the Indian Ocean.

In all seriousness, while this particular transaction between the pirates and Maersk went tragically wrong (at least from the pirates’ point of view) – it was fascinating to learn about this little industry of hijacking and cargo insurance that seems to be benefiting all parties involved (except I guess the crews of the hijacked boats that often spend months in limbo while the terms of ransom are negotiated like any other run of the mill international business deal.) In the case of the Maersk Alabama, it is clear that the pirates misjudged the reaction of the US government, or more likely didn’t realize that the Alabama was an American vessel. And of course the stand-off was a beautiful case of asymmetrical warfare when it doesn’t work out for the little guy.

In my painting I took some liberties when depicting the scene in the life raft where captain Richard Phillips was held by the three ill-fated pirates. First of all, the actual raft itself had a covered top, which I changed for sake of the image. I also altered Captain Phillips to look quite a bit like the Bill Murray character (Steve Zissou) from Wes Anderson’s movie The Life Aquatic. And for that matter, I also referred to the pirates from The Life Aquatic when designing the look of the Somali pirates in my painting. I also chose to give my pirates some of the classic accoutrements of their profession, such as a peg leg, a hook for a hand, and a skull & cross bones flag, for comic effect and to heighten the lopsided nature of this standoff. I made sure to have three African vultures as a nod to the ultimate fate of the three pirates on the raft. I also enjoyed adding circling sharks and toxic waste, which I understand are accurate to the location and add some drama to the scene. These sharks were also a nod to the famous John Singleton Copley painting Watson and the Shark.

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Tom Sanford signing The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge in his Harlem, NYC studio,  2010.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Tom Sanford is a New York-based artist whose work is exhibited around the world. His paintings, which range from historical works depicting celebrity assassinations to portraits of gangsta rappers and teen pop tarts to elaborate cosmologies weaved together from Hollywood movies, reflect a deep ambivalence about the American cultural condition. 

For more information about Tom Sanford, please consult his website at: http://tomsanford.com

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