Phil Toledano. we’ve been in a couple of group shows together, where he showed work from his series A New Kind of Beauty. not only do i like the topic, but the images are just gorgeous. i love with the skin tones. here is the first one that i saw (please click on the link above to read statement and see more, you’ll be happy you did).
his new series is just a work of fucking genius. i checked it out yesterday. Kim Jong Phil. i’d just be plagiarizing if i tried to explain it so here are words straight from the man’s mouth -
“I think a great deal about what it means to be an artist.
I reflect on the elaborate psychological mechanisms required to pursue something so elusive, so ambiguous. I often wonder: ‘Am I talking to myself?’
I don’t make work for other people, but as an artist, I need to be in dialogue with the world that exists beyond my overpopulated cranium. I’ve concluded that to be effective-to be functional-I must guzzle an eye-popping cocktail of delusion and narcissism.
It occurred to me that being an artist is a great deal like being a dictator.
Just like a dictator, I must live in a closed loop of self-delusion. A place where my words and ideas always ring true. A gilded daydream of grandiosity. There can be no room for doubt. I must be convinced that I have something vital to say. I must believe that the world is waiting in keen anticipation to hear my message.
For my palette, I’ve copied pre-existing dictatorial art. Paintings from North Korea, statues of assorted dictators (Kim Il Sung, Laurent Kabilla, and Saddam Hussein). I had these works re-created in China, and each instance, I’ve replaced the great leaders with myself.”
Phillip Toledano, 2011
and what a solid sense of humor. he’s like the Colbert of the artworld.