The Best Things In Life Are Stupid presents a refreshingly broad, crisp and varied grouping of prints from Indianapolis-based artist Stephen Peck. Thematically, the artwork moves from advertising references to documentary-style photographic imagery, from cityscapes to pop iconography, all while retaining the artist’s bold style of blocky shapes and saturated colors.
A series of prints depicting various birds — seagull, blackbird, crow, raven and owl — features a visual representation of each bird above its name, bringing into focus the metaphorical connotations of various birds. These connotations are then blurred by the placement of each bird print in close proximity to the others.
All of the prints are all presented very elegantly in black frames, hung very close together, almost salon style. This style of presentation works very well within Shared Heritage’s confined gallery space, and this is the strongest exhibition this gallery has featured thus far.