segunda-feira, 29 de junho de 2009

Camille Rose Garcia

The Animals Talk at Midnight - Acrylic and Glitter on Paper Mounted on Board

Ultraviolenceland, created in 2004 for the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles, steals its name from the book "A Clockwork Orange", which uses the word to describe recreational violence. Ultaviolenceland is a horribly backwards fantasyland, rich and excessive. The gold castles are an obvious symbol of empire, and the bloodsucking vampires are a parasitical army that feeds on violence and destruction. The dark forest surrounding Ultraviolenceland symbolizes subconcious fear, things we can't control, while inside the city princesses trapped in giant dresses slash wrists and down pills, not entirely happy with their pristine but ultraviolent world.

Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias, blending nostalgic pop references with a satirical slant on modern society. Creative influences include Phillip K. Dick, William Burroughs, Henry Darger, and Walt Disney. In 2007, her work was the subject of a mid-career survey at the San Jose Museum of Art. The retrospective, entitled Tragic Kingdom: The Art of Camille Rose Garcia, was the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. She has pieces in the permanent collection there, as well as in the Los Angeles Museum of Art. The artist currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.

Conheci o trabalho de Camille, em 2007, no Museu de Arte de San Jose (EUA). Era uma exposição fantástica.

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