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Marc Burckhardt
August 2009
Mad Men
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I'm not much of a series-television fan, but a little over a year ago some friends told me about a show revolving around the ad business in the early 60s called Mad Men, and I was instantly hooked. As everyone now knows, this program is a dark and often funny look at the era that shaped American consumerism, when Madison Avenue was coming into its full-flower. Tonight, the third season premieres, and I suspect alot of us will be sitting in front of our televisions, popcorn in hand, waiting to see what happens next. Every advertiser's dream of a captive audience.

I recently did this portrait of Jon Hamm, who plays the main character Don Draper, for GQ France (apparently they love the series over there, too). I wanted to capture the flat, bold feel of 60s ads, and to incorporate some of the things I enjoy most about this show: the (jarring to our generation) level of smoking, chauvinism, littering, heavy drinking, etc.—they even have the kids making cocktails for Mom and Dad and their friends! It's like a dark version of Bewitched. Anyway, this evening I'll be hanging on every new twist and turn—and of course, watching the commercials in between.
Apocalypse Now (Actually, Saturday)
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"Pale Horse", 28" x 14", Acrylic & oil on wood panel
If you're in LA this weekend, make it out for this show on Saturday—should be amazing!
THE 5th ANNUAL BLAB! SHOW
August 8th - 29th, 2009
OPENING RECEPTION: August 8th, 8:00-11:30 pm

Copro Gallery and Monte Beauchamp proudly present "THE BLAB! SHOW," the fifth Group Art Exhibition featuring original paintings and illustrations from the forthcoming issue of BLAB! magazine - Monte Beauchamp's periodic anthology of sequential and comic art, illustration, painting, and printmaking.

Artists include: JOE SORREN, ALEX GROSS, MARK RYDEN, SHAG, JEFF SOTO, RYAN HESHKA, FEMKE HEIMSTRA, GARY BASEMAN, GEORGANNE DEEN, KRIS KUKSI, GARY TAXALI, ANDY KEHOE, TRAVIS LAMPE, JEAN-PIERRE ROY, SPAIN, XNO, JOHN POUND, FRED STONEHOUSE, MARC BURCKHARDT, DAVIS SANDLIN, KATHLEEN LOLLY, ANDREW BRANDOU, CALEF BROWN, SOFIA ARNOLD, MARK TODD. DHOLBACHIE-YOKO, KEVIN SCALZO, LARRY DAY, MARK GARRO, MICHAEL NOLAND, ANDREA DEZSO AND TERESA JAMES.

COPRO GALLERY (at Bergamot Station)
2525 Michigan Ave #T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
p 310-829-2156 | copronason@msn.com
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