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Pure Evil "America's Nightmare Stars and Stripes and Tags"

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Pure Evil
America's Nightmare Stars and Stripes and Tags, 2017
Stencil spray paint and synthetic polymer on canvas
30 x 30 in., 76 x 76 cm


Pure Evil explains that a chance email from a Chinese “copy village” gave impetus to his “Nightmare Series.” The village offered, via email, a list of artists it could reproduce, including three Andy Warhol paintings. The idea of Warhol’s entire artistic output distilled right down to three small 64 x64 pixel thumbnails of Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor and an Electric Chair became the inspiration for these doomed and dripping celebrity portraits. Why are they crying? “It’s an illustration of the heartbreak and sadness we have all experienced in relationships in the past.” 

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