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The Beautiful Lie- an Installation by 6ixx and Sunday Morning
February 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - March 1, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Tapp’s is thrilled to announce Demtrius 6ixx Similien’s exhibition, The Beautiful Lie, opens February 7, 2019 during First Thursday on Main. The Beautiful Lie is an incisive evaluation of the external social stimuli that (mis)shapes our collective world views. Presenting video works and paintings, the artists employ pop culture imagery to offer alternative social narratives to the audience.
About The Beautiful Lie:
Picking up where 6ixx and The Ugly Truth left off, The Beautiful Lie is a collaboration between 6ixx and the artist Sunday Morning which will create an environment that is welcoming to uncomfortable conversation. Featuring paintings and video works,The Beautiful Lie will ask the audience to critically examine and analyze socially accepted (norms or truths).
The exhibition concept was developed to instigate a deeper exploration into how individuals are identifying themselves under the current architecture of society. Exposing the constructs of consumerism, generational wealth, immigration, sexuality, masculinity, and policing culture, the exhibition will examine the role that heroes/idols play in supporting these constructs, the country and society at large.
About the Artist:
Demetrius “6ixx” Similien is a Haitian American artists and a graduate of Benedict college Columbia, SC. Receiving a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science, 6ixx began to experiment with art as a way to educate the community using Pop Culture. This experimentation led to his work evolving into his self-described practice of ‘propaganda collaging’, in which he uses mixed media art as a way to simplify complicated topics dealing with social and political issues. He honed this genre working for the Clinton Foundation traveling as an assessor. His work as a brand ambassador and community outreach specialist gave him access to people of all walks of life, going beyond culture, race, and color. His work as a mentor with the Federal TRiO program, which deals with supporting first generation college students, gave a deeper understanding of where the social divide exists in regards to education and access. These experiences led him to make art is that draws people in, lowering their natural defenses and allowing real conversations to start.