‘Sticks and Drones’ Eric Yahnker at Paradise Row

Speed Bumps Eric Yahnker Paradise Row

Speed Bumps 2014,  coloured pencil on paper

Fingering Crisco Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Fingering Crisco 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Full Bloomberg, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Full Bloomberg 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Six-Stings Succulent, 2014 artificial cactus, guitar, scarf

Wrecking Ball, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Wrecking Ball, 2014, coloured pencil on paper

Crimean River, 2014, charcoal and graphite on paper

 Soon-Yi, Eric Yahnker, Paradise Row

Soon-Yi, 2014, graphite on paper

Sittin’ on a Rainbow, 2014, 10 Mariah Carey LP’s

Short Shorts Shorty, 2014, plaster, shorts.

 

Sticks and Drones is a witty and concise exhibition covering a well-trod topic; the sickly sweet American dream. How a nation sells itself through sex, Budweiser and pop. Half a century on from Warhol, Hamilton and the rest, Eric Yahnker brings a refreshingly suggestive and cynical edge to the Pop Art genre. In fact ‘Fingering Crisco’ 2014, could be seen as direct comment on Pop Art and how we look at those artworks through our cynical 21st century eyes.

Yahnker questions the state of the nation. Obama looks out of the White House and what does he see?  Miley Cyrus on the wrecking ball. The Woody Allen step-daughter scandal is alluded to shrewdly through the semiotics of Yoon Yi’s name written with Woody Allen’s face replacing the OO’s.

Not only does sex sell, it keeps the economy afloat; the OO’s in Bloomberg are replaced by two huge breasts. Fish net underwear straddles wooden cut-outs of the US map which have been made into a hanging mobile.

Yahnker’s work is well executed, fresh and amusing. You can see why he has worked on projects such as South Park and Seinfeld. His sense of humour is on point and tuned in. Paradise Row is on to a winner of a show.

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One comment

  1. I enjoy this type of artwork immensely. Even though I am a part of the younger generation, I still feel as though our society is focusing on the wrong things. The first image reminds me of a college kids mind. To me, it portrays a simple minded life revolving around beer, sex and conformity. Each of the girls looks exactly the same. Yes the one on the right has a different color hair, but this is ultimately what our society is turning into. People are so obsessed with conformity that they are forgetting to care about things that are relevant worldwide. Our world is becoming a society filled with people that can name more kinds of beer than they can U.S. presidents. What kind of world is that? I feel that this artwork shows this scary fact in a humorous and appealing way. I think that we need more types of art like this because it appeals to the younger generation of people that are being lost in the materialism and conformity filled society. More artists should continue to focus artwork on the conveyance of the twisted society we live in so people can become more aware.

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