Zach Osif, Iraq III (Lindsy Lohan), oil on canvas @ F.U.E.L. Shoshanna & DoN chatted with Zach Osif regarding his inspiration for the portrait of Lindsy’s infamous mug shot and he responded that his work is a result of flirtatious dalliances on the internet. His plan was to do a series of paintings about the Iraq war but found that TV & the web are more saturated with images of pop princesses than war heroes. DoN noticed that this week TV news headlines included “wife allergic to husbands sperm” and “plastic surgery for penis enlargement” as if seeing flag-draped coffins and grieving wives are not enough to draw viewers. But there is a subtext of pin-up girls and soldiers going back to Betty Grable & Marilyn Monroe to be found in the heroically large paintings.
Zach Osif, Dalliances. Shoshanna recognized the model as Kim Kardashian in Playboy- uh, DoN did not.
Zach Osif, Made in U.S.A., oil on canvas.
DoN did not get to interview Xavier Schipani about her trans-cultural drawings incorporating tribal, ethnic, sexual, mythical, middle eastern and samurai imagery yet the impact was indelible and inscrutable. The wacko poodle cut-outs around the perimeter of the room are super-kawaii!