Konrad Wyrebek, BoM III 2010, oil on canvas75 x 70 cm / 29.5 x 27.6 inches
BoM III 2010, oil on canvas75 x 70 cm / 29.5 x 27.6 inches
From the “Beauty in Petrol” series, BoM III takes as its starting point a fashion photograph of a model posed as young business man.
A surface glance suggests a male riding high in a society that celebrates youth, beauty and style. But there’s a sadness beneath the Photoshop-bought lifestyle; in the eyes that flirt and ask for approval – that can only experience happiness with the validation of our gaze.
The heaving, vigorously painted deformations take this unease further; tug it into ill twists. There’s a link here to the ectoplasm of Victorian era séance photography; the suggestion that the youth’s spirit has been over-powered; corrupted.