Screenprint and paint on canvas
300 x 200 cm
Scott Kingâ€™s artworks are infused with a cunning media savviness that deftly navigates between product, messaging, and desire. Reminiscent of Warholâ€™s screen print portraits, with all of their commodified garishness, Kingâ€™s Cher stands in for counter-culture hero Che Guevera, a rebel-icon and its lost meaning, long dissipated by mass reproduction. Emblazoned in acid-house pink, left-wing radicalism becomes fused with celebrity obsession, a contemporary by-product of cultural dysmorphia. Nostalgic of the politicised youth of Thatcherâ€™s Britain, now recaptured and packaged as fashion, King posits contemporary insurgency as homogenised consumer choice.
â€śThe artist should never contemplate making a work of art that is about something; a successful work of art can only ever be about nothing. The artistâ€™s complete negation of intent thus creating a reflective surface into which the critic, curator or collector can gaze and see only himself. Sol LeWitt, Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, 1967â€ť
Plaster bust, mirror, plinth
173 x 57 x 50 cm