Monday, September 9, 2013

A Thing

Holy Ghosts and Talk Show Hosts by Dunedin-based artist Brendan Jon Philip re-imagines the symbolism of the Dutch vanitas tradition of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – those staring skulls, candles and bubbles that serve to remind us of life’s brevity – through an altogether more contemporary and disparate perspective. The recurring use of skulls (a reference not only to the vanitas tradition but also to gang culture and heavy metal imagery) and cartoonish ghosts in Holy Ghosts and Talk Show Hosts bring together the mundane and the metaphysical, the divine and the day-to-day, through a vibrant layering of iconography, pure form and textual elements to generate a palimpsest of human experience.

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