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American Surreal: The Art of Todd Schorr
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2009
There's an intriguing coagulation of populist imagery and childhood iconography happening on the capital "A" art-scene which blends baby-boomer memories of cartoons, comics, television, toys, monster-movies and a million other empty, unforgettable delights into a high gloss, stunningly lavish exploration of modern culture.

These lush and lavish pictorial conglomerations assemble myriad nostalgia-drenched components into stunning investigations of modernity. Whimsical and sly yet searching they take as their starting point the hyper-realistic painting techniques of Salvador Dali and the master artists of the Renaissance. The movement is known as "Lowbrow" or Pop Surrealism and the supreme master of this visual sampling is Todd Schorr.

American Surreal collects his latest works with many beautifully luxurious close-up and detail sections, explores his work philosophy and technique and even examines his twin affinities: the Old Masters of the art world - particularly the narrative genius of Bruegel and Bosch - and the childhood diversions that shaped his own life.

Wry and absurdist, these paintings from 2003-2009 are presented in a deluxe, wonderfully large format in eye-popping colour. This exquisite tome is a fabulous treat for anybody who's ever regretted growing up or recently felt the guilty pangs of pure nostalgia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nostalgia coated in malevolence is that these technicolour surreal landscapes bring. Hefty doses of Robert Williams have been refined into a new form of cartoon encorachment of the senses.

This is the type of art you can gaze at in the living room as a conversation stopper. It bring to the fore a technicolour whirl of sensory disruption.

Todd has dredged his memory banks to produce art from the crevices of his imagination. So we get a representation of an Indian rising as a Phantom in a Daliscape. Popeye leering in a paint by numbers ascetic foreboding. Humpty Dunpty about to take a tumble as nuclear mushroom cloud billows behind him.

Elements of Brueghel and Bosch career towards the viewer in the Piratescape picture A Pirates Treasure Dream. There is so much allegory in the picture it would take an art critic a lifetime to unravel. 60's toys, elements of old world fairytales, intermingle within a new world acrylic art world to produce something fantastic that leaves the mouth agape.

Well worth the entrance fee to view this collection of freaks, beaks, pinheads, bearded ladies, gorillas as these celebrate the eternal pagan unremitting beauty of nature poured onto the canvas
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