As Jerzy Kosinski, the Polish American novelist and two-time President of the American chapter of P.E.N, said: “ The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke”.
Contemporary art gives the artist the platform to evoke emotion and awareness, it also attracts a lot of intellectuals and helps artists to bring their ideas to life. The next articles will highlight 4 artists which have found their inspiration in the environmental issues.
Jeff Gillette is an American artist living in California. His work is described as: “The staggering boldness and irony are the most important tools the artist uses to settle his almost black humor world view. The message is on the edges of reality and illusion”.
The satirical narratives he produces suggest a high level of awareness of not purely political, rather of economic, social, geographical context. He portrays Disney corporate logos and pop icons from consumer society on destroyed buildings or deserted areas. He was also exhibited in Banksy’s big project “Dismaland” - a temporary art project, a theme park that contained adults themes, distressing imagery, artistic themes of apocalypse, anti-consumerism, and pointed social critiques at celebrity culture, immigration, and law enforcement.
With his work, combining Disney characters with the waste land settlements, Jeff Gillette is providing quite a strong and eerie narrative to today’s society.
Image credit: Jeff Gillete – Ferris Wheel, 2015 – image via www.bgfa.us