17 June 2012

Wake-Up Call: Christopher Konecki

Meanwhile, Down in the Coal Mine
(acrylic, aerosol on Panel-April 2012)
   Our first article on Christopher Konecki happens to be the all-time most-read article on YowzerYowzer to date, and it's not hard to understand why. Konecki balances a sentiment for things vintage with a vibrant overlay of the present-day street. His mixed media, his brushstrokes, and drip technique are boldly assured and endlessly engaging because of how adventurous his imagination is while he's applying. And that's just the aesthetics of his work, which explains why his commission work has been turning out so nicely. As for his subject matter of "choice", it's still the social commentary that gets Konecki's creative juices flowing. His criticisms have long been sharp and apropos for the times. His latest work contains all of these virtues, and so we are very happy to shout about it.

April 2012
Playa Gigante, Nicaragua Mural (local aerosol)

   In April, Konecki returned from a trip to Latin America, where he painted the mural above, featuring one of his great bird metaphors. The bird in the suit represents the financial crisis, while the bird in the miner's outfit (at the top of the page) is a chilling reminder of the hazards involved in the mining industry and the imperative need for tougher regulations. 

May 2012
(acrylic, aerosol, house paint on panel)

Well, Whadda Ya Think They’re Doing in There?
(acrylic, aerosol on panel)
We Are Normal
(acrylic, aerosol, house paint on fence)

The Consumerist
(acrylic, aerosol, house paint on panel)

June 2012

(acrylic, aerosol, house paint on panel)
There Were Leaves on the Ground Where We Stood
(acrylic, aerosol, house paint on panel)

   The month is only a little past the half-way point and, already, Konecki has made at least two great pieces. The first is a killer look at paranoia induced by the digitalization and impersonability of society. The man's outlines were painted before being filled in, giving it a vintage "Dick Tracy" or "The Spirit" comic book look, which clashes quite nicely with the spray paint and the binary code. The painting on the right, meanwhile, is a lovely commission piece based on a photograph.
   It's clear that Konecki's communication powers are strong and his spirit staunchly upbeat even in the face of some hard realities. We couldn't be more proud of his daring to question them and his being able to convert his findings into such delicious pieces which have the power to make us all a little bit more united and conscious. 

[To read our first article with Christopher Konecki, click here.]

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