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Carl Medley

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Through this work I am exploring an idea that I am referring to as “unpopucultural,” which considers the more awkward side of pop culture. Dark humor being used along with a foundation of realism in painting creates tension and comfort between the subject and the viewer. The work ranges in scale from small paintings to large murals and even into site-specific installation painting. In some cases I use typography and phrasing to elevate mundane subject matter like a button or balloon. I have found that I am able to create a funny and uncomfortable reaction: the traditional view of how well a painting looks like it’s subject and the conceptual view of a message, brand or cultural reference like Coca-Cola or gold necklaces. The result is a set of works that ranges from funny to sad to heartfelt that resonate with a broad audience reacting on different levels.

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