Unix Fine Art

Desire Obtain Cherish    

alias Jonathan Paul     

b. 1975, California

 

“Ideas win today in our society. [...] I ingest, then digest. art is really just a mirror of ourselves.”

Since his emergence as street artist in the early 2000s, Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC) has become known as pop sculptor working across a wide variety of different media and  a combination of styles including street, pop, conceptual, and appropriation art. His controversial work explores contemporary desires and obsessions with sex, gender, drugs, commerce, media, and fame. Transporting controversial, satirical messages, Desire’s vibrantly colorful, entertaining, and impeccably produced art exposes society’s inability to control itself and examines the commercial promise of fulfillment and happiness that ends in dependency. 

Meant to have an impact on its audience, DOC’s work employs sarcasm to tackle and provoke society’s value system. Aiming to avoid the conventional, stereotypical standards of “good taste” in art, his ideas are more in line with contemporary commerce and marketing methods than traditional artisan methods.

The esteemed New Yorker art critic Benjamin Genocchio characterized DOC’s work as “not malicious, even if his works cut to the bone. He is more like our social conscience, delivering up uncomfortable and unpleasant truths wrapped in the most beautiful and seductive of packages.”

 


 

Born in 1975 in Salinas, California, he graduated from the nationally acclaimed Parson’s School of Design with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Since his first solo show at Lab Art street gallery in Los Angeles (2011), he has been featured in numerous shows and fairs including  Scope International Art Show at Art Basel Miami (2012); Palm Beach Art Fair (2013); Wynwood Art Fair, Miami; UNIX Gallery, Miami (2013) and his work has propelled with unusual fervor amid collectors and the public respectively.

Desire Obtain Cherish lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

July, 2014

Marie Claire (August Issue)

"Hot Angleles"


 

May 30, 2014

The Washington Times

"NYC Artists Find Half the Battle is Studio Rent" 


May 19, 2014

New York Post

"Owners Reinvent Lobbies as Art Spaces" by Lois Weiss


May 2014

RIM Media

"Exhibition for This Week: Desire Obtain Cherish"


April 28, 2014

Pheonix Mars

"Desire Obtain Cherish - We Are Known by the Company We Keep" by Pheonix Mars


April 14, 2014

What's Up Miami (WUM)

"The Charity Museum Foundation, First Non-profit Charity Originating from a For-profit Gallery" by Jesus Manuel Rojas Torres


April 1 , 2014

Artsy

"Artist Desire Obtain Cherish (D.O.C.) Takes Aim At the Art World"


March 27, 2014

TRENDLAND

"Desire Obtain Cherish at UNIX Gallery" by Tal Drori


March 12, 2014

Modern Life Magazine

"We Are Known by the Company We Keep; Solo Show by D.O.C."


February 11, 2014

Fahrenheit Magazine 

"Desire Obtain Cherish: Art with Good Taste"


February 6, 2014

The City Loves You

"TCLY En Zona Maco 2014" by Baby Solís


January 2, 2014

Juxtapoz Magazine

"Desire Obtain Cherish"


September 22, 2013

Avelina Lésper 

"El Arte Se Hace Un Lifting" by Avelina Lésper


April 10, 2013

Huffington Post

"Scope -- Desire Obtaine Cherish: Drugs, Fame, and Art" by Lisa Derrick


March 20, 2013

Blouin Art Info

"Desire Obtain Cherish's “#undertheinfluence” Channels L.A.'s Dissolute Soul," by Benjamin Genocchio


March 15, 2013

L.A. Times

"L.A. Artist Desire Obtain Cherish Opens #undertheinfluence Exhibition," by Lydia O'Connor 


March 6, 2013

ArtweekLA

"Desire Obtain Cherish: #undertheinfluence," by  G. James Daichendt


March 4, 2013

Examiner

"Desire Obtain Cherish Solo Los Angeles Exhibition at KM Fine Arts"


2013

My Tribeca Loft

The Ultimate Luxury in New York

"Master Quarter"  


2012

December 16, 2012

"Designer Drugs by Desire Obtain Cherish by Ioannis

 Desire Obtain Cherish : Always Forever Now


 

Desire Obtain Cherish : "Jimi Purple Haze" 


 

Desire Obtain Cherish : Billboard Hijack


 

Desire Obtain Cherish : Monster Martini 


 

Desire Obtain Cherish : First the Pixie, Then the Dust


 

Desire Obtain Cherish : Side Show HD


 

Desire Obtain Cherish : Side Show


 

 

 



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