Twilight of the Vanities

June 6, 2011 | Exhibitions, Visual Work

“Twilight of the Vanities” an exhibit at minidutch

mini dutch gallery presents…
Opening Saturday, May 30th from 7-10pm
Show runs until Sunday, June 28th
Reading on Sunday, June 14th at 3pm

I was working on a new novel at the time called Happy Endings. (The book has since been retitled Woof) This work-in-progress is about a group of hipsters living in Philadelphia and the events which led them to their current position in life. Entangling shallow personalities are complicated with transparent glimmers of childhood. The past becomes present, flattening out through night-time banter and its invariable avoidance of grief. The present has to lead somewhere. The exhibit featured three Hipster Pokemon portraits based on characters in the book. A limited edition of the book was also available.

mini dutch’s PR was as follows: “To accompany Happy Endings, Picard will show a series of “portraits” based on peripheral characters in the book. She has  combined aspects of drawing, gouache, and collage into beautifully delicate compositions. These abstract works serve as intuitive meditations of the characters she has constructed. A fleshy pallet with spikes of black, hot pink, blue and gold mix together to form intricate pattern work; in each painting, specific aesthetics of each individual are recomposed into an ornate and impenetrable surface.  The gouache mingles with swatches of dollhouse wallpaper, connecting the character’s present personas to their early years.”

And an excerpt from the book:

And then, outside, on the stoop with all of his dumb bags all over again, everyone else inside because they aren’t ready to leave yet, Tobias just starts to cry. Finally. And he can’t get up even though he feels stupid crying in the midst this city, and all its people—all its pretty people with funny clothes and fancy tattoos and stylish jokes—all of his fans, he can’t help but cry and when he finally does he can’t stop until Fletcher finally finds him in the eaves of a doorway to a store that’s closed for the night. And then Fletcher finally hugs him and tells him that it’s going to be alright. I promise, buddy, we’ll get through this.

To mark the closing of the exhibition, I read an excerpt from the book in minidutch’s back yard and then we had a BBQ.