E2: Elizabeth Kleinveld & Epaul Julien. "Ode to Grant Wood’s 'American Gothic.'" Featuring the artists.

E2: Elizabeth Kleinveld & Epaul Julien. "Ode to Grant Wood’s 'American Gothic.'" Featuring the artists.

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Archival pigment print, 19 x 16.5", edition no. 1/7. 2016, signed en verso, framed.

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ABOUT e2: e2: Kleinveld and Julien, a collaboration between Amsterdam-based Elizabeth Kleinveld and New Orleans-based Epaul Julien, re-imagines iconic images from the history of art to challenge the insularity of the Western art canon. Kleinveld and Julien share a mutual interest in issues of social justice and a belief in the power of empathy and of images to change perceptions, minds, and hearts. Together they re-envision the work of old master painters beginning with the Flemish Primitives and spanning nearly 600 years through the 20th century. Their latest work, The Changing Face of Portraiture, adds iconic modern images to E2’s In Empathy We Trust series, which serves to ground the collection firmly in the present time and place.

E2’s re-envisioned “Odes” replace the figures from their corresponding originals with individuals of varying race, age, gender, and sexual orientation. The images are created meticulously, with costumes and staging that are as accurate as possible, while small anachronisms create a palpable tension between past and present. Although many of these images are notable for their wit and playfulness, they address difficult questions of race, gender, and sexuality. E2 hopes that viewers will examine their own stereotypes and implicit biases to re-evaluate what does and does not align with their expectations of how a work of art – and by extension, a culture – should look.

e2: Elizabeth Kleinveld and Epaul Julien is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans