Douglas Cantor and Lourdes Grobet at ULTRASTUDIO

Artists: Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet

Exhibition title: Exceso de Rudeza

Curated by: ULTRASTUDIO

Venue: ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara, Italy

Date: June 23 – August 31, 2019

Photography: Giorgio Liddo, Pierluigi Fabrizio / all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and ULTRASTUDIO

As you know, l’m quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book, not particularly well-drawn, but the mythology. The mythology is not only great, it’s unique…Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak, he’s unsure of himself, he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race. Sorta like Beatrix Kiddo and Mrs. Tommy Plympton…You would’ve worn the costume of Arlene Plympton. But you were born Beatrix Kiddo. And every morning when you woke up, you’d still be Beatrix Kiddo…I’m calling you a killer. A natural born killer. You always have been, and you always will be. Moving to El Paso, working in a used record store, goin’ to the movies with Tommy, clipping coupons. That’s you, trying to disguise yourself as a worker bee. That’s you tryin’ to blend in with the hive. But you’re not a worker bee. You’re a renegade killer bee. And no matter how much beer you drank or barbecue you ate or how fat your ass got, nothing in the world would ever change that…

Film Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Author: Quentin Tarantino
Role: Bill
Actor: David Carradine

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Lourdes Grobet, La Briosa. (2005) Print on PVC Billboard. 300 x 300 cm

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Douglas Cantor, Fear Not (2018) 230 x 200 cm. Oil on Canvas

Lourdes Grobet, Dr X e Hija (2006). fine art prints on Hahnemühle Luster paper 260gr. Framed 30 x 30 cm

Lourdes Grobet, La Briosa. (2005). fine art prints on Hahnemühle Luster paper 260gr. Framed 30 x 30 cm

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Douglas Cantor, House on Fire/Good/Leave None Behind (2018) 160 x 150 cm. Oil on Canvas.

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Douglas Cantor, Makes You or Breaks You (2018) 230x200cm, Oil on Canvas

Douglas Cantor, Makes You or Breaks You (2018) 230x200cm, Oil on Canvas

Lourdes Grobet, Villano V (2006) fine art prints on Hahnemühle Luster paper 260gr. framed 30 x 30 cm

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Lourdes Grobet, Solar & Canek (1985) fine art prints on Hahnemühle Luster paper 260gr. framed 30 x 30 cm

Lourdes Grobet, Solar & Canek (1985) fine art prints on Hahnemühle Luster paper 260gr. framed 30 x 30 cm

Douglas Cantor, Lourdes Grobet, Exceso de Rudeza, 2019, exhibition view, ULTRASTUDIO, Pescara

Douglas Cantor, Copy This,You Dick (2018) 230x200cm, Oil on Canvas

Douglas Cantor, Copy This,You Dick (2018) 230x200cm, Oil on Canvas

Lourdes Grobet, Blue Demon (1984) fine art prints on Hahnemühle Luster paper 260gr. framed 40 x 60 cm

Lourdes Grobet, Blue Demon (1984) fine art prints on Hahnemühle Luster paper 260gr. framed 40 x 60 cm

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