Top

arts

Stories

 

Natural Plastic

Harnischfeger unites Japanese aesthetic with a pop-cultural sensibility

Fuel Injection uses reflective decals to help Harnischfeger undermine literal representation.
Moody Gallery
Fuel Injection uses reflective decals to help Harnischfeger undermine literal representation.

Working in such decidedly nontraditional media, Harnischfeger's Japanese aesthetic is tempered with a pop-cultural sensibility. When asked why she works with such materials, her response is refreshingly straightforward: They're cheap. One suspects, though, that there's more to it than that. There's something in the idea of "painting" pictures of the natural world in plastic, utilizing materials from car detailing, thrift stores and novelty shops. There's something in the idea of rendering a traditional, timeless subject matter in the more-permanent-than-dirt materials of our insistently ephemeral throwaway culture. But you probably wouldn't have expected that something to offer as much delight as it does in Hilary Harnischfeger's dazzling world.

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 
Loading...