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Dotty Attie
Worst Case Scenario (XXXIV), 2013
oil on linen
6 x 6 in.
15.24 x 15.24 cm

Dotty Attie
Worst Case Scenario (XXXIV), 2013
oil on linen
6 x 6 in.
15.24 x 15.24 cm

P·P·O·W will present an installation of new paintings by Dotty Attie, which will be our ninth solo exhibtion with the artist. Since the 1970s, Attie’s multi-panel compositions have explored gender identity, politics, and culture through the re-imaging of well-known paintings and photography. This new group of paintings, based on an assortment of found photographs, are rendered in her signature palette of black, white, and grey highlighted with touches of flesh tones. In this series Attie turns her attention to the iconic actions of the popular heroic figure The Lone Ranger.  In an attempt to un-mask this legendary American folk icon, Attie presents a host of images which suggest an alternate reality to the constructed version we are so accustomed to through television and film. With her recombinative process Attie makes power visible through the use of subtly subversive paintings and carefully composed text.

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Lined up horizontally on the wall, these sequences of canvases create sentence-like structures reminiscent of scenes from a film. Each one portrays an image pertaining to The Lone Ranger and our expectations of his success. In the work Masked Men Attie paints portraits of a series of male figures -- including baseball catchers, hockey players, batman, soldiers, and deep sea divers – all wearing an appropriate mask. The accompanying text tiles reveal: “Many tried to emulate the masked man’s success, but few were able to capture the public imagination.” Looking at the viewer, these masked men appear both ominous and ridiculous. 

Dotty Attie
Curious Places, 2012-13
oil on linen
27 panels, 6x6 inches each
2 panels 3x4 inches each

Dotty Attie
Curious Places, 2012-13
oil on linen
27 panels, 6x6 inches each
2 panels 3x4 inches each

In other works, Attie continues to delve into the American radio show culture and early televison as another work states, “The Lone Ranger was always to be found wherever assistance was needed.” Attie accumulates images of violence: electric chairs, shootings, crashes, and other portentious scenarios documenting American history through photography and film noir.  Again, Attie’s benign texts are juxtaposed with the violent and erotic images provided by a cultural heritage producing a seductive but disturbing experience.

Dotty Attie was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey in 1938 and currently lives and works in New York.  She received a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art.  Attie was a founding member of A.I.R Gallery, which opened in 1972 as one of the first artist-run galleries for women in the U.S.  Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum and the Brooklyn Museum, among others. In 2012 Attie’s paintings were featured in This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. The exhibition also traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA and the The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Exhibited Works

Exhibited Works Thumbnails
Dotty Attie Enthusiastic Fans, 2011

Dotty Attie
Enthusiastic Fans, 2011
oil on linen
Notes:
25 panels: 6x6 inches
2 panels: 3x4 inches

Dotty Attie Masked Men, 2012-13

Dotty Attie
Masked Men, 2012-13
oil on linen
17 panels, 6x6 inches each
2 panels, 3x4 inches each

Dotty Attie The Lone Ranger, 2012-13

Dotty Attie
The Lone Ranger, 2012-13
oil on linen, 18 panels
16 panels: 6 x 6 ins. (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
2 panels: 3 x 4 ins. (7.6 x 10.2 cm)

Dotty Attie Worst Case Scenario (XVII), 2013

Dotty Attie
Worst Case Scenario (XVII), 2013
oil on linen
6 x 6 in.
15.24 x 15.24 cm

Dotty Attie Worst Case Scenario (XIX), 2013

Dotty Attie
Worst Case Scenario (XIX), 2013
oil on linen
6 x 6 in.
15.24 x 15.24 cm

Dotty Attie Worst Case Scenario (XXXIII), 2013

Dotty Attie
Worst Case Scenario (XXXIII), 2013
oil on linen
6 x 6 in.
15.24 x 15.24 cm

Dotty Attie Assistance Needed, 2012-13

Dotty Attie
Assistance Needed, 2012-13
oil on linen
27 panels, 6x6 inches each
2 panels, 3x4 inches each

Dotty Attie, Mixed Metaphors, 1993

Dotty Attie
Mixed Metaphors, 1993
Oil on linen
36 panels, each 6 x 6"

Dotty Attie Luneville, 1991

Dotty Attie
Luneville, 1991
oil on linen
25 panels each:
6 x 6 ins.
5.2 x 15.2 cm

Dotty Attie Enthusiastic Fans, 2011

Dotty Attie
Enthusiastic Fans, 2011
oil on linen
Notes:
25 panels: 6x6 inches
2 panels: 3x4 inches

Dotty Attie Masked Men, 2012-13

Dotty Attie
Masked Men, 2012-13
oil on linen
17 panels, 6x6 inches each
2 panels, 3x4 inches each

Dotty Attie The Lone Ranger, 2012-13

Dotty Attie
The Lone Ranger, 2012-13
oil on linen, 18 panels
16 panels: 6 x 6 ins. (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
2 panels: 3 x 4 ins. (7.6 x 10.2 cm)

Dotty Attie Worst Case Scenario (XVII), 2013

Dotty Attie
Worst Case Scenario (XVII), 2013
oil on linen
6 x 6 in.
15.24 x 15.24 cm

Dotty Attie Worst Case Scenario (XIX), 2013

Dotty Attie
Worst Case Scenario (XIX), 2013
oil on linen
6 x 6 in.
15.24 x 15.24 cm

Dotty Attie Worst Case Scenario (XXXIII), 2013

Dotty Attie
Worst Case Scenario (XXXIII), 2013
oil on linen
6 x 6 in.
15.24 x 15.24 cm

Dotty Attie Assistance Needed, 2012-13

Dotty Attie
Assistance Needed, 2012-13
oil on linen
27 panels, 6x6 inches each
2 panels, 3x4 inches each

Dotty Attie, Mixed Metaphors, 1993

Dotty Attie
Mixed Metaphors, 1993
Oil on linen
36 panels, each 6 x 6"

Dotty Attie Luneville, 1991

Dotty Attie
Luneville, 1991
oil on linen
25 panels each:
6 x 6 ins.
5.2 x 15.2 cm

Installation Views

Installation Views Thumbnails
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The Lone Ranger install 7
The Lone Ranger install 6
The Lone Ranger install 9
The Lone Ranger install 1
The Lone Ranger install 2
The Lone Ranger install 3
The Lone Ranger install 4
The Lone Ranger install 5
The Lone Ranger install 8
The Lone Ranger install 7
The Lone Ranger install 6
The Lone Ranger install 9
The Lone Ranger install 1
The Lone Ranger install 2
The Lone Ranger install 3
The Lone Ranger install 4
The Lone Ranger install 5