Jordan McGirk’s paintings sing Rock-and-Roll with praise and distrust—they indulge the fantasy of superstardom while subsequently warning against the dangers of privilege. In these works, both spectators and rock stars reimagine themselves as misanthropic antiheroes in their own narratives, but their exaltation betrays their stories as fragmented and anxious—they are star-struck, delusional, and entirely too eager to sacrifice themselves to the hyper-masculine altar. They loudly rally against the heroic power they secretly long for; they brashly protest the western mythos they inevitably embody. Hoping to feel a sense of belonging, these desperate cartoons entangle their tropes, limbs, and desires into a well-intentioned mess.
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