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Bad Habits – American Maniac

Bad Habits – American Maniac, 2017 by Kristin Simmons is a screen print on paper. It is signed and dated in the lower right and numbered in the lower left.

Simmons’ work is eye-catching, playful, and polemical. The discussion and debate surrounding her chosen themes (drugs, capitalism, guns) are never not politicized and divisive. But, however much her work provokes and polarizes, it never moralizes.

The aesthetic of Simmons’s artwork is bold and bright and frankly, hard to miss. There is an underlying theme of contamination in her works— childhood contaminated by exposure, independence contaminated by pleasure, spiritual awareness contaminated by consumerism, and so on. In each series, viewers can find themselves facing an obstructed familiarity. The comfort of these daily commodities and notions are removed and replaced with a visual honest analysis of what tends to blindside the masses.

Medium

Screenprint

Year

2017

Edition

40

Signature

Signed, dated, numbered

Size 24 x 18 (in)
61 x 46 (cm)
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Bad Habits – American Maniac, 2017 by Kristin Simmons is a screen print on paper. It is signed and dated in the lower right and numbered in the lower left.

Simmons’ work is eye-catching, playful, and polemical. The discussion and debate surrounding her chosen themes (drugs, capitalism, guns) are never not politicized and divisive. But, however much her work provokes and polarizes, it never moralizes.

It’s in the name: Pop Art uses images from popular culture to challenge, critique and raise awareness of the trite and obtuse pits our culture tends to stumble into. While Pop Art has been around since the 50’s, it is still relevant today in its ‘power of perspective’ platform. Based in NYC, contemporary pop artist Kristin Simmons has observed culture in a city where it seems children grow up too fast and adults might not ever grow up at all.

The aesthetic of Simmons’s artwork is bold and bright and frankly, hard to miss. There is an underlying theme of contamination in her works— childhood contaminated by exposure, independence contaminated by pleasure, spiritual awareness contaminated by consumerism, and so on. In each series, viewers can find themselves facing an obstructed familiarity. The comfort of these daily commodities and notions are removed and replaced with a visual honest analysis of what tends to blindside the masses.

Each series tackles a different concept: Candyland and Life use Hasbro’s classic board games we all know and love to shake the foundation of innocence with corruption throughout the board. Queen Frostine becomes “Blow Queen,” holding a rolled dollar bill with the same cheery smile; Gloppy is now Slotty, a casino fixated brute.

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Medium

Screenprint

Year

2017

Edition

40

Signature

Signed, dated, numbered

Size 24 x 18 (in)
61 x 46 (cm)
Price Price on Request