Jon Pannier (American, born 1965) is a New York-based artist whose work examines the profound cultural transformations of the mid-twentieth century and beyond. Overt hedonism, gender ambiguity, societal narcissism, and the impact of ubiquitous psychopharmacology are key themes that surface in his work.
One Hot Night in 1977 Coco Went To Studio 54 Wearing Nothing But A TurbinJon Pannier
Not since pagan Rome has there been an era bathed in giddy hedonism as the glittering 1970s. Unapologetic pansexuality, along with party drugs like cocaine and Quaalude, fueled an atmosphere of bacchanalian excess in which the relentless pursuit of pleasure would become society’s raison d’être. Discos, like Studio 54 in Manhattan, provided the strobe-lit backdrop against which the zeitgeist would play out. In this series, Quaalude’s RORER 714 logo and Studio’s infamous man-in-the- moon-with-a-coke-spoon become core icons around which the louche 70s narrative unfolds. Debauched archetypes like vampires and diablos foreshadow the global AIDS pandemic which brought about an abrupt halt to 70s free-thinking and ushered in a backlash of intolerance and hyper-morality that seems to be especially alive and well today.
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