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100 x 160 cm
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This canvas represents a can of soda, but even more so our daily life, made of consumption. To make visible what becomes invisible (waste) and to make aesthetic what is no longer invisible, that is the reason to paint such a subject. It is also a metaphor for our lives. This canvas is indeed a modern vanity, like the 17th century canvases. The symbol of our ephemeral life on this land used by Dutch painters (the butterfly, the flower, the candle...) is replaced here by a contemporary element, the can. This one carries a message to the viewer: "enjoy, because life is short" or "memento mori", "remember that you will die"...

The subject connects several themes or styles, such as pop art, street art, and also touches on still life, archaeology.

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MC Garbage

Emerging artist Emerging artist

14 fans

Braine l'alleud, Belgium

9 works

Born in April 1975, a graduate of the DNSEP, MC Garbage lives and works in Brussels. He exhibits in France (Lille, Le Touquet, Paris, St Tropez) and Belgium (Brussels, Mouscron). His paintings are made from photographs (or photographic combinations) of garbage cans found on the streets of the world. Real modern landscapes, they are snapshots of our lives and reveal the futility of our society. At first glance, they are realistic paintings, beautiful to contemplate - quite easy - but they actually denounce the latent problems linked to our way of life.

"As a painter of reality, I want to show things that we no longer see, out of occultation or habit. The waste accumulated in the city allows me to treat all kinds of forms, materials, subjects: shiny and coloured plastics, transparency of acetates, flashy aluminiums, magazine covers dealing with current events, various packaging...

I propose a similar approach to hyperrealistic painters, except that my version - through its mode of representation - differs in its meaning and purpose. My work questions both the art world - what should I paint today? - and the society of men. My garbage paintings reflect the insatiable consumerism of our society. These are modern vanities that remind us of the famous Latin phrase "memento mori", "remember that you will die". Beyond the beauty of this waste, therefore, appears a raw reality: we will all end up like soda cans, on the scrap heap! As a residual effect, I would like the viewer to find art on every street corner by recalling my work and remembering the brevity of life by meditating on the meaning of its existence..." MC Garbage

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