The Ugly Americans
"The Ugly Americans", Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 130 cm
Erró - Permanent Daylight, and the Grandchildren of Mao
Vernissage: Thursday, 15th May 08, 7 p.m., the exhibition runs until 19th June, 08.
Introduction: Lóránd Hegyi, Musée d´Art Moderne de Saint Etienne.
A catalogue is being published with the exhibition.
A catalogue is being published with the exhibition. In his latest pictures Erró has remained true both to his characteristic compositional principles and to his appropriate choice of subject. The Icelandic artist is a "sampler" of modern art history and of a simply inconceivable range of genres from everyday life: comics, advertising posters, trashy paperbacks, erotic magazines … Naturally, he interweaves various iconographic levels together. For instance, an Asian karaoke singer pushes herself to the front of the Arnolfini picture, or rather, Erró's pop paraphrase of Jan van Eyck's portrait of prestige. High becomes low. The artist pulls comic masks over the faces of the Flemish couple as in a Walt Disney cartoon. Mickey Mouse peeps out from behind the curtain in the convex mirror in the background. Erró helps himself from the history of art and its iconic image; he is, as it were, standing before a lavish buffet where he piles his plate up with the ingredients of art.