Sam McKinniss' Goes Pop With "Hong Kong Garden" @ Art Basel HK
Team Gallery from LA took part at the recently held Art Basel in Hong Kong with their 64th, and final, art fair appearance. For their personal milestone event, the gallery showed a solo presentation by the American painter Sam McKinniss, titled Hong Kong Garden.
This showcase turned out to be a standout at the glamorous art fair, and McKinniss included some 30 paintings and 60 drawings made during 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. The eclectic mixture of imagery are reinventing artworks by Henri Fantin-Latour and Norman Rockwell, while capturing decisive moments from pop history. From portraying Princess Diana’s car crash scene to immortalizing the moment when Sinead O’Conner tore up a photograph of the Pope on Saturday Night Live, the install was further embellished with random vibrant floral arrangement pieces.
Painted as an ode to Latour, these eye candy pieces are accenting the abundance of visual stimuli. Along with individual oils on canvas that portray everyone from Rihanna, Lorde, Lana Del Rey or young Drew Barrymore, two large cluster of pencil on paper drawings dominated the booth. Ranging from rough sketch-like images to vibrant renderings of popular music clips, movies, logos or just seemingly random abstract scribbles, each of the 60 framed drawings gives viewer insight into Mckinness' practice in a diaristic manner. All having a distinctive way of using color and brush strokes to depict these classic pop-culture imagery, the large collection of works constructs a coherent body of work that made the showcase very popular among visitors of the fair. —Sasha Bogojev