HAPPY TO BE HERE

Site specific installation hosted by Deli Grocery New York
September 27-October 4, 2019
Brooklyn, New York

 
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“During the time of the Happy To Be Here project, Potter turned the space into an intense, bright yellow, two-floor installation containing thousands of smiley faces, painted and drawn on every surface of the building's interior. Mimicking the smiley faces Potter has been known to smeare and spray onto his studio drop cloths while cleaning his work tools, this smiley overload creates an almost psychotic atmosphere. While the stylized representation of a smiling humanoid face itself is a part of our popular culture since Harvey Ball designed its classic form in 1963, the use of emoticons and emojis has caused a revival of the symbol in contemporary times. Universally seen as a metaphor for happiness and positive feelings, it's manic application through space can suggests an opposite feeling.” - Sasha Bogojev, Juxtapoz

 
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