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J McLaughlin

J McLaughlin is a queer anarcho-bourgeois from Victoria, BC. Their seductively cheerful paintings illuminate the tender murky swamp that blooms between the false hopes of consumer culture/corporate obedience and our own private fears and desires. Text & images stolen from vintage advertising and illustration are layered, distressed & flattened into a single viewing plane. Images are dragged into digital & reworked to the point of pixilated abstraction.

Sentiments & secrets are filtered through multiple translation programs, from English to Japanese to Russian to Dingbat & back again, and are then pushed into encrypted text: mirror writing, Morse code, short hand, telegraph, & Braille. Over the years, a personal iconography has emerged. Key images from such sources as the St. John’s Ambulance First Aid Manual (1964), “Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys & Girls” (1957), & Valmor Wig advertisements (1970), and motifs such as emptied speech balloons, hobo code, crude diamonds, & the word “Beauty” come back to haunt us, over and over again.
  • GENUINE
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    J McLaughlin

    GENUINE

    $450.00

    Acrylic on Panel 24" x 24"

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  • THRIVE by J McLaughlin
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    J McLaughlin

    THRIVE

    $975.00

    Acrylic on panel 24” x 36” The Barbers' Manual by A. B. Moler(1911) 1930s matchbook advert for Art Instruction Inc. “You are in demand if you ca...

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  • MERCY by J McLaughlin
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    J McLaughlin

    MERCY

    $275.00

    Acrylic on panel 6” x 6” Vintage Smokey The Bear logo “Wonder “from Wonder Woman logo CODE: “Mercy”

    $275.00
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  • NICE by J McLaughlin
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    J McLaughlin

    NICE

    $275.00

    Acrylic on panel 6” x 6” 1940s King Novelty Co. Catalogue illustration Text from 1950s adverts Thrift store art “Joyce” Torchwood logo

    $275.00
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  • YOU KNOW by J McLaughlin
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    J McLaughlin

    YOU KNOW

    $275.00

    Acrylic on panel 6" x 6" Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls illustration (1957) 1960s Valmor Wig advert KTEL slogan (1970)

    $275.00
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