Today’s art’s pick questions the role of the artist in our society.
The symbolism–namely the palette and the sword–is straightforward and represents the subject’s uncertainty and turmoil. This figure, an artist himself, faces a difficult decision: should he use his skill to create beauty, or should he wield his talent like a sword, using it to destroy the flimsy facade of a material society immersed in shallow pop culture?
The simplistic, good-versus-evil color scheme used to craft this image belies its underlying ambiguity. Not only is the role of the artist uncertain, but so is the role of the viewer. As we gaze at the painting, the smiling figure gazes back, perhaps assessing us as potential subject material and silently alluding to an impending role reversal. The mood of confusion and uncertainty is further underscored by the imprecise medium and painting technique.
Overall, this work of art, on display at Philadelphia’s Yard’s Brewery, is a valiant exploration of the artist’s psyche. Recommended.