The large-scale paintings exhibited in Randy Slack's "Enjoy Yourself; It's Closer Than You Think" reflect a sense of leisure and nostalgia in pairing the painted classic VW Bus with iconography from the 70s and 80s. The works are meant to reference Slack's upbringing as well as his love affair with the "hippie mobile." The bus literally drives through several loose narratives within the exhibition, linking adventure, life, love and loss to the beloved classic car.
The artist's immense paintings are humorously composed of a mix of cartoons, posing car models, disco-era celebrities or vast landscapes with slyly placed objects just on the horizons, however Slack utilizes the vehicle to symbolically embody experiences, both celebrated and tragic all while making the most out of life.
Slack is a self-taught artist based out of Phoenix, Arizona. He is the co-founder of the collective 3carpileup and has curated "Chaos Theory," one of Phoenix's largest local artists' group shows for the last 18 years. His work has been collected by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and exhibited nationally, including Art Center, University of Central Missouri and the Phoenix Art Museum.
This exhibition is supported by the Dr. Joseph F Gross Endowment, Lionel Rombach Endowment and the University of Arizona School of Art.