Black Candy

Black Candy
Digital photographs and spray paint on rice paper
October 2008

This is the final concept of Black Candy. It is not so much of a diptych as a magazine spread-type concept. The idea was to, of course, make a poster-size painting for a blacklight art show, but also to evoke a strong emotional response from the viewer in the relationship between the photo and the painting. The photo, which is pixelated, amateurish, evocative, fleshy, almost like a film still, contrasts with the stark neon Pop Art minimalism of the painting, made even more vulgar – in the sense of naive ignorance and inappropriateness, not so much intentional offensiveness – by the fact that it is spray paint on a very lovely rice paper.

Photo outtakes and original paintings here.

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