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Oil on Canvas, Acrylic on Canvas
Three 21x44in. One 12x12in.
Underwear Painting draws a connection to fashion. They are made out of canvas, a type fabric. Paintings show how abstract symbols can be cross-used in both domains. Unlike other industrials, fashion industrial has little patent protections, which allows designers borrow from each other legally. And that is what I did. Underwear is a highly personal and sexual object that a personal choice reflects a personal character. These serial paintings are based on Abercrombie & Fitch underwear. This brand uses models that have bodies look like come out of Greek sculptures to appeal to male athletes. Each of painting discusses a slight different aspect of this topic.
Rainbow Underwear This painting question the line between art and goods, art and design, and Realism and Abstraction. It asks the viewer to re-consider the function of art objects.
Logo Underwear This painting incorporates the Abercrombie & Fitch Logo. The repetitive moose logos on gray background create a narrative, which can be understood in either continuous narrative (multiple scenes of a narrative within a single frame) or synoptic narrative (a single scene in which a character or characters are portrayed multiple times in within a frame). This pictures the migration of a pack. The painting shares the same visual quality of a cave painting that evokes the origin of art and initiates the pattern recognize ability of the viewer.
Dots Underwear Taoism thinks there is a chair lives inside a tree, which means the thoughts can transform an object. I took this idea in a literal way: there is an underwear lives inside a fabric (canvas). The underwear layout integrates with the overall canvas material. It shows the potentiality of the material.
Assembled Underwear This one is the closest representation of the original underwear. It feature three abstract painting clichés: strips, texts, and shaped canvas. The text of Abercrombie & Fitch is as literal as an abstract text painting can get. Text is a symbol; without knowing anything about what it refers to, the viewer has no clue of its meaning. This is just like a painting: without the context and historical reference, it is no more than a product.