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KAWS • Man's Best Friend
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
September 13, 2014 - October 31, 2014
The recent KAWS show at the Honor Fraser asks very loudly:
What is caricature?
And what is a cartoon in 2014?
The lines defining that in people’s minds (literally) have been blurred.
Appropriating Charles Schultz’s Charlie Brown characters and adding a few from Hanna-Barbera, New York based Fine Artist and SVA graduate, Brian Donnelly (aka: KAWS) pulls lines, colors and shape from commercial art in order to define what a cartoon is.
It is Charlie Brown. It is Snoopy.
But it’s also color and black line on white canvas.
And it’s also exaggeration.
And by dissecting these elements and exaggerating them even further, KAWS has created a frenetic body of work that speaks collectively and independently on what makes a cartooned image.
He plays wildly with emotional color.
He enjoys the arbitrary nature of a scribbled line.
He plays with the fact that the public itself has become confused about what Fine Art is and why it is not Commercial Art and that’s because the world we live in 2014 has become a ‘Pigpen’ of a retailed marketing. And he ties all this together by using linear lines and collage to trace the path we’ve traveled from Cartoon to Abstract Pop Art painting.
KAWS • “MAN’S BEST FRIEND” was on display at the Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California from September 13, 2014 through October 31, 2014.
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KAWS • MAN'S BEST FRIEND
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