Historical Portraits in Fine Oil on Crumpled Garbage by Kim Alsbrooks


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June 9, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Philadelphia Artist Kim alsbrooks recreates historic oil portraits on flattened beer cans and fast food containers. Entitled “My family of white trash cansThe series was conceived while Alsbrook lived in the south and found himself grappling with mainstream class ideas. She shares via a statement on the project:

The White Trash series was developed while living in the South out of frustration with some of the dominant ideologies, especially the class distinction. This ideology appears to be based on a combination of myth, biased history, and a bizarre sentimentality about ancient wars and social structures. With the juxtaposition of museum portraits, once painted on ivory, now on flattened trash cans like beer cans and fast food containers, the artist takes to the playing field, defying the perception of the social elite in today’s society.

Director Jesse brass recently met Alsbrook to interview him for his Making art series. Watch it above.








#The painting

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