Sean Fahie’s exhibition “First World Problems” features paintings about a range of pop culture topics that may especially resonate with millennials, including love, popularity, Beyoncé and Rihanna, social media likability and measures of success, which he knows a thing or two about. One painting from the exhibition is on loan to the television drama Star.
A man of many talents, Fahie has written two books about love in this day and age — Letters to Lovers Who Love to Hate Me and Things About Women & Other Short Stories I Seem to Forget — produced the film If You Know the Words, Feel Free, about the arts in Atlanta, and is known for co-hosting the Pretty Sweet Party for A3C Music Festival and Conference.
The bright colors in the paintings on view suggest a sense of optimism, but the subject matter and black backgrounds in works like Quarter Life Crisis, an image of an adolescent boy in military garb, alert the viewer to something ominous.
As presented by Fahie, success, fame, social media and pop culture are real problems, but problems for a privileged class of people.
“First World Problems” is on view at Notch 8 Gallery through February 26.
Shantay Robinson earned her MFA in Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has written artist profiles for AFROPUNK and Urban Lux Magazine.