Pacifico Silano, John John
Opening Reception: September 30, 2017, 6 to 9 pm
RUBBER FACTORY is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Pacifico Silano from his series, "John John".
Every aspect of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life was photographed, televised, and written about in a headline. His classic good looks and sexualized physique became a staple of mainstream media coverage. American culture feeds off of name recognition, likability and attractiveness. These reworked photos blur the line between the public and private self, our obsession with creating celebrity, and the American fascination with political royalty. We project our hopes, dreams and aspirations on those that are telegenic.
In the project John John, Pacifico Silano sources imagery of John F. Kennedy Jr. from vintage tabloid magazines and newspapers, reworking their content and meaning through silkscreen, monotype, and photo-collage. As the twenty year anniversary of JFK Jr.’s tragic death closely approaches, we are left to wonder what might have been.
Pacifico Silano is a lens-based artist whose work is an investigation into lost histories of the LGBTQ community. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited in group shows, including at the Bronx Museum; Context, Miami; Oude Kerk, Amsterdam; and ClampArt, New York City. He had a solo show at Baxter ST@CCNY in 2016. Reviews of his work have appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, Newsweek and The New York Times. He is a winner of the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and a Finalist for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. He was chosen both as an Artist in Residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY and for the Workspace Residency of Baxter St@CCNY. He is also a 2016 fellow in Photography with the New York Foundation for the Arts.