Jonathan Seliger’s reverence for everyday objects places him squarely in the Pop Art tradition, with an intricate fabrication technique that calls to mind the West Coast’s finish fetish movement as well as a postmodern concern with simulacra. Through subtle shifts in scale, color, surface and even language, Seliger’s constructions are imbued with poetry, humor and social critique. For his signature luxury bags, he flawlessly reproduces the symbols of ultra-luxury and consumerism—retail bags from Prada, Chanel, Bulgari—in a blue-collar sheen of automotive enamel on bronze.
Jonathan Seliger (b. 1955) earned his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has exhibited at the The Schaufler Foundation, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany; as part of the Panza Collection in Perugia, Palazzo della Penna and Galeria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia, Italy; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, and in many other museum and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; The Panza Collection, Lugano, Switzerland; Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, among others.