Sunday, March 2, 2014

Kim Alsbrooks

I'm really into art that is clever, but also humorous, and Kim Alsbrook's series of paintings "My White Trash Family" does just that. She's spent the past ten years painting tiny portraits on crushed beer cans.

The combining of super traditional portraiture real historical figures on the cheapest of beers is an unexpected combination and very funny.

Its more than just humor however, her paintings are very well rendered, especially considering the difficult surface of a beer can. They also speak of serious topics, from the artist statement itself:

"The White Trash Series was developed while living in the South out of frustration with some of the prevailing ideologies, in particular, class distinction.   This ideology seems to be based on a combination of myth, biased history and a bizarre sentimentality about old wars and social structures.   With the juxtaposition of the portraits from museums, once painted on ivory, now on flattened trash like beer cans and fast food containers, the artist sets out to even the playing field, challenging the perception of the social elite in today's society."

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