Artist Brings Back Rococo Painting And Leaves It Out To Rot

September 17, 2014 3:12 PM

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Artist Brings Back Rococo Painting And Leaves It Out To Rot

Genieve Figgis' paintings are reminiscent of 18th century Rococo canvases, all fanciful afternoons in petticoats on swing-sets or lavish banquets at tables that are far too big. Only instead of the glossy, detailed renderings that transform luxurious fantasies into hyperrealistic depictions, Figgis' works trap their subjects in swamps of sugary acrylics, assuring the subjects will stay put for centuries to come.

Figgis' current exhibition, "Good Morning, Midnight," is a playful ode to the powers of paint when laid on so thick it mutates all things in its wake. Bougie picnics, afternoon piano lessons and Victorian mansions are transformed from picturesque visions into sites of horror through the simple mantr...

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