COCKY

COCKY, the catalog, is a documentation of an exhibition that occurred from November 19, 2010 through Saturday, December 4, 2010. It was a conversation between the artist and his critics over the past seven years of creating work. This dynamic new body of work demonstrates Shumate’s mastery of storytelling while merging new contemporary pieces with the classical concepts from DuChamp to Ruscha. The semi-autobiographical show includes an exciting variety of multimedia experiences for its viewers. Central to the exhibition is the anthology of a contemporary cock.The familiar rooster, icon of domesticity chosen for both its regality and absurdity, takes on a multitude of forms throughout the exhibition. Each piece is a rhetorical answer to today’s artistic questions of criticism, aesthetics, and concepts- and finds humor in the sincerity of its execution.