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Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want: The Epistemology of Fine Art in Popular Culture
New work by Jim Ricks
Peanut Gallery, Chicago
November 20th, – December 18th, 2011

Responding to the location of the gallery and having never been to the Art Institute of Chicago, I chose to recreate its contents using only the museum scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by Jim Ricks is a body of new work that considers the unique context of Chicago and is a playful visualization of a well know scene from a Hollywood film (Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Working in a variety of new medias, the selection of pieces is produced specifically for Peanut Gallery’s new venue. It begins with the question ‘How do we know?’, with particular regard to popular knowledge of fine art and its representation in mainstream culture. This is a continuation of an ongoing strand of Jim Ricks’s practice involving re-producing or knocking-off actual sized versions of well known art works. In this case from the reproductions are pulled from film stills of one of Chicago’s best-know museums and best-loved film. As such, the information becomes distorted based on the limited data used in their making, cropping, zooming and obstructing of the artworks’ complete view.  As the audience we have received very little and very inconsistent information; more data in some areas than others, yet we believe we ‘know’ the work. In this context is artwork seen as merely serving as signification of culture and contemplation, no longer holding their own individual value or meaning?

Peanut Gallery is a space for creative collaboration, experimentation, exhibition and good, old-fashioned mingling. Their goal is to connect creative people with one another and nurture a vibrant, inclusive community of artists and intellectuals.

please, please, please, let me get what i want

please, please, please, let me get what i want

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jim ricks

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jim ricks

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please, please, please, let me get what i want

jim ricks


Post Script

The 'Pollock' featured a year later in The Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.

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