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Twister I


With wit and irony starting from curiosity on this matter, the latest series of work, Twister Game, is a result of an exploration to establish a close communication to the viewer: by parodying pop culture code and homage to masterpieces. So these large-scale oil paintings address issues not only on art historical references but also on the contemporary politics and hot issues in worldwide, incorporating a wide range of tropes and influences.

As the title of the exhibition “Twisted” implies, players of the Twister game are easy to spot throughout the paintings. The “Dorothy-esque” girls in a group dance and the kids playing a mass game are portrayed repetitively. These imageries suggest the collective behavior of human being and also subtly resemble with images of the ranks in Ukiyo-e prints. Moreover, the flying birds across the canvases are appropriated from Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds, and also remind the crows in Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Wheatfield with Crows, 1890. The recurring image of the spectator in a red cloak is borrowed from Hieronymus Bosch’s Conjurer, 1502, and it symbolizes “the deceiver and the deceived relationship”; human traits that allow for deception and victimization. The lured spectator stares at the long nosed Pinocchio but also ghostly appears as the buried images in hidden object pictures. The adopted images from art history and pop-culture are tangled with self-replicated images on SNS: Sewol ferry incidents and Donald Trump’s ridiculous hair flip paparazzi shot on gossip section. They altogether create what is today as Ukiyo-e did in Edo period.
  • Category : PAINTING
  • Year : 2017
  • Total Edition No : 1
  • Size : 153(W) x 236(H) cm
  • Materials : oil on linen
  • Posting : 2017. 10. 12

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Eyad A.

The style of this artwork gives the authentic impression with its genuine contents. Comprehensively, it gives out absorbing feeling to the audience.
2018. 05. 12