THE SKATEROOM Staff Picks with Janet Tsang

IN THE WATER, YOSHITOMO NARA

“The portrait is calm and serene, but given the style that Yoshitomo NARA is famous for, you can't help but wonder if there is a more sinister note. There's something fun about NARA's paintings since they always display little girls as anything but sweet and innocent. I myself was not considered a "sweet" girl growing up and I used to hate smiling for pictures whenever someone said, "cheese" so I can almost relate to the depiction of his subjects. Lastly, given the size of the edition (being a set of 5 boards) it gives an impressive presentation of the artwork and the only pentaptych that we offer with our collaboration with NARA.” Created in 2019 in acrylic and charcoal, In the Water continues Yoshitomo Nara’s themes of isolation, rebellion and spirituality. We see a young girl submerged up to her neck in water. At first she seems to be struggling, yet the longer our attention lingers on the peaceful, almost soothing, shades of the image the more at peace she seems to become. The contrast of black lines on white raise this duality of meaning – is this a depiction of desperation or deep rest?

NEW ARRIVALS, HAND-SIGNED, JULES DE BALINCOURT

“I love the colorful and vibrant style that BALINCOURT is famous for. This edition particularly reminds me of my time living in Southern California. It's a powerful juxtaposition depicted by the artist in regards to his views of today's world; a beautiful, almost cherry surrounding, but in the center displays an empty pool. It’s an interpretation of a somewhat grim present state of the world, with a warm and almost inviting color palette which can't help but draw the viewer in. ” Jules DE BALINCOURT is known internationally for colorful, radiant paintings that meditate on the social, political, and cultural dynamics of an increasingly globalized world. Reminiscent of Hockney’s pools, Jules claims to have a less optimistic view than Hockney – this is no longer the hopefulness of the 60s/70s. Today, there is an environmental catastrophe, mortgage foreclosures; this is generation X’s interpretation of the pool as an icon. But this is for the viewer to interpret for themselves.

COLORED CAMPBELL’S SOUP BLOOD, ANDY WARHOL

"Andy WARHOL's "Campbell's Soup Cans" print series had a profound influence on the art world by challenging established norms and perceptions of art, celebrating consumer culture, and introducing new ideas about authenticity and repetition in artistic creation. It remains an iconic and enduring symbol of the Pop Art movement and its impact on contemporary culture." In the early sixties, Andy Warhol created many works depicting consumer products, Hollywood stars, and a highly publicized series illustrating death and disaster in American society. As one of the most recognized faces in contemporary art, it seemed obvious for us to try and perpetuate Andy Warhol’s vision through our production. That’s why we recently collaborated with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to produce a series of Andy’s most iconic works: Colored Campbell’s Soup Can.

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