Uptown Meets Downtown: Girlfriend
Mixed media on unstretched canvas.
116 in. x 168 in.
UPTOWN MEETS DOWNTOWN
This collage series delves into the modern development of downtown New York nightlife where Guzman observed the gentrification of the affluent blending into what once were very impoverished neighborhoods. The outcome of such an alteration has brought a culture of extremes. Alcohol and sobriety is blended with mental illness and infused with prescription drugs and the desire to self medicate. The pieces quote a culture of brainwashing and the manipulative outcome when money and sex are both present. This lifestyle is glamorized though social media, the concept of sensationalism and consumerism.