“Desire Obtain Cherish is our social conscience, delivering up uncomfortable and unpleasant truths wrapped in the most beautiful and
seductive of packages.” - New Yorker art critic Benjamin Genocchio
Desire Obtain Cherish
b. 1975, California
“Ideas win today in our society. I ingest, then digest. Art is really just a mirror of ourselves.”
DOC has become known as conceptual artist working across a wide variety of different media and a combination of styles. His controversial art work explores contemporary desires and obsessions with sex, gender, drugs, commerce, media and fame. Transporting controversial, satirical messages, Paul'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, Paul 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 DOCs 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.”