Duke Riley is currently engaged in developing two print projects with Graphicstudio. The two woodblock and lithograph print editions incorporating Duke’s scrimshaw illustrative style depict dense scenes of imaginative maritime activity which invite deeper investigation and decoding by the viewer. In the nautical narratives, Riley weaves historical and contemporary references together providing sharp critical social commentary through references to global capitalism, trade and piracy on the open seas and the effects of consumer culture on the oceans and the Earth’s natural resources. Portraying a range of animals, sea creatures and birds alongside humans participating in the decadent acts of material culture, the viewer encounters scenes where beavers with Louis Vuitton handbags and smoking manatees swimming in seas polluted with fast-food containers, smart water bottles and coffins, just off the shoreline of factories, nuclear reactors and oil refineries guarded by armed mermaids under the starry skies of pigeons wearing gas masks and astronomical constellations in the form of pigs and automobiles. While Riley’s fantastical illustrations are highly amusing and satirical, the scenes probe criminal, dangerous and marginalized societies and reveal the long trajectory of global colonization and human’s disregard for the Earth’s resources.
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Copyright and Reproduction
Images of the artwork are jointly owned by the artist and Graphicstudio. Reproduction of any kind including electronic media must be expressly approved by Graphicstudio.