Chris Pothier, Miss America 2042, 2020

We are so pleased to be able to feature Pothier’s work in our virtual exhibition Street Stories, now open at Brassworks Gallery. Click here to see the show:

In 2019 Pothier had started a series called American Apocalyptic; a series in which figures in gas masks navigate their way through a strange new world, unsure of where to go and what to do next. The series is remarkably prophetic, as Pothier could not have known that the pandemic was about to begin, that protesters would be dodging the police’s tear gas, and that the air quality here on the West Coast was going to reach toxic levels during the September wild fires. When this was painted in January of 2020, the idea of a gas-masked figure seemed surreal. It has since become reality on the streets of Portland.

Pothier often injects a bit of humor into his work; Miss America 2042 deals with who will wear their state-issued gas mask and orange jumper best.

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