Cali Thornhill DeWitt
Cali Thornhill DeWitt (born 1973, Vancouver Islands, Canada) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA, as a multidisciplinary artist and eclectic instigator. He runs the independent record label and publishing house Teenage Teardrops, together with his wife Jenna Thornhill Dewitt (a frequent collaborator). Following in traditions of Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and Ed Ruscha, Cali Thornhill DeWitt’s works, zines, artist books, prints, photographs, music videos and sweatshirts often pair provocative imagery culled from the internet with word plays lifted from news headlines, spam mail, advertising slogans, street lingo, mundane phrases and a myriad of other influences. Inspired by the direct, quickly understood images that flood today’s media, especially social media, he has paired bouquets of roses with the words “TIME RUNS OUT or the words “GLORY HOLE” with images of bullet holes. Thornhill DeWitt’s unexpected juxtapositions offer a social critique using the universally understood language of mass communication.