In Are You Lonely Mr. Claus?, a bottle of whiskey, a red rose, a lit cigarette, and an assembly of kitschy Christmas memorabilia (Santa’s hat, a sugar cane) are displayed side-by-side with artifacts that denote some sort of (typically Californian?) summer leisure time (sea shells, sun block and goggles).
In Eric Goes to Jail, a coffee maker, red lipstick, a pile of cash, some exotic parakeets, a brassiere, a bow tie, and a stained napkin scribbled with a phone number constitute clues to unraveling a mystery and invite the viewer to speculate about the events of the preceding night.
David Berezin takes advantage of the language of popular culture and our overexposure to it. His use and mix of contemporary signifiers and movie-like titles refer to a certain Hollywood narratives that exploit incongruous and stereotypical symbols. In another way, his updated “vanitas” still-life compositions play with the futility and transitory character of life now understood as expendable. Berezin graduated with a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2007.