Kashink Uses Hairy Four-Eyed Men to Examine Gender Assumptions

July 30, 2014 3:08 PM

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Kashink Uses Hairy Four-Eyed Men to Examine Gender Assumptions

The international Street Art scene boasts a small percentage of women artists and KASHINK may perplex even that statistic with her mustache. It's the same mustache you'll see on many of her big hairy four-eyed men that she paints in Europe and North America that look like "badass yet sensitive gangsters," as she describes them. Similarly, her own mustache is drawn on with a marker or paint brush. It's the absurdity of gender role-play that she likes to examine in her colorful comical way and the Paris-based KASHINK says she considers her street art to be an expression of activism that questions it.

With the same vivid colors and absurdly intelligent wit that Gilbert and George might use to make fun, KASHINK takes her paintings into a folkloric milieu and adds superhero flatness, depicting her (mostly) men as probably well-meaning dolts, if also conflicted and sensitive. As with most comedy the...

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