Jonathan McAfee: Classical Waste

MARCH 6 - 27
McAfee is known for his colorful, gestural portraits of cultural icons including everyone from Indianapolis legend Kurt Vonnegut to rap icon Biggie Smalls. His interest in the development of portraiture through the centuries drives his desire to examine this topic further. 
His current work explores a new interest relating to cultural icons, but it is one of mass production and mass appeal. All of the subjects for this show are taken from clothing giant American Apparel's ads and models – they are sexy and seductive, young, playful, and oftentimes ridiculous. American Apparel models are not your typical strong men with bulging muscles and brooding eyes or women that fit a specific supermodel vision. Rather, they are disheveled and emotionless; beautiful​ and real. 

McAfee examines this shift in cultural norms that present themselves in portraiture – whether they are from an official royal portrait from the Renaissance or a 21st century anti-heroic jeans ad. As a student of historic portraits, the artist wishes to consider what defines contemporary perceptions of masculinity and femininity today versus what it looked like in centuries past.
 
NEW!!! Explore Jonathan's process with in studio interviews and videos at our new Indy Arts Studio Series.
 
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