PROJECT: I'm Hit. But I Can Make It!: Straub will be showing all new paintings of his Western Mash-Ups in his studio. Richly painted and layered images reference Hollywood Westerns and the bold visual vocabulary of the comics and pulps of the 1940’s-50’s. There will be many large paintings as well as multi-media silkscreens and other small works. These Pop-Westerns are like graffiti splattered box cars rolling across the plains - a metaphor for a vanishing West.
ABOUT: Straub's work is a Mash-Up of sensibilities: paintings echo the transition between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Featuring classic Western iconographic images of cowboys, cowgirls, guns and horses, my work depicts the violent narratives and sentimental mythologies of the American West - a landscape defined by melancholy sunsets, badlands, gunfights, outlaws and red-blooded heroes. His work also looks under the hood of the present day reality of the American West, with its concrete plains and Mini-Mart cowboys - where the buffalo used to roam. These Pop-Westerns are like graffiti splattered box cars rolling across the plains.