I was introduced to these very interesting painting on the Jealous Curator this morning. This work entitled ‘Attraction’ is a new addition to Australian based artist Max Dixon’s portfolio. I think they are quite wonderfully strange and I would totally pull my credit card out and wave it these canvas pieces faces if I had the opportunity.
- The Attraction series is an examination of the prescriptive nature of souvenir media. Souvenir manufacturers photograph the scenery and attractions of a holiday destination, and mechanically reproduce these scenes for mass consumption through postcards, view-folders, tea towels. These items become instruction manuals for viewers, showing them how they are to experience their destination. Mass-produced imagery becomes mass-produced experience.
By separating figures and landscape from each other, the relationship between viewer and souvenir is realigned. With context removed, the viewer is free to create their own narrative around figures or landscapes.
I also came across this artist named Gracia Lam, who is an illustrator born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her whole vibe is reinventing everyday objects and mundane environments. I really like her simple illustrative style.