The Condemnation of Idolatry (Do you want fries with that?)
Oil on Panel
This unfinished piece was created after a trip to Rome during the summer of 2014. At this point I had recently stopped painting photorealistic renditions of politicians and was unsure of where to turn next in my practice. The trip to Rome had allowed me to see a great deal of renaissance era painting and sculpture which I wanted to respond to in the work. Concurrently, I had been reading around Adorno, specifically the chapter in Dialectics of Enlightenment: “The Culture Industries: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”. This marxian reading of culture opened up a way of looking at art I was previously ignorant of. I began making connections, seeing the iconography in the traditional art as having been replaced by the iconography of capitalism, disseminated through a variety of cultural forms. I wanted to address these issues in my painting, trying to bring something of a spiritual element to an 'adornian' understanding of art. The Condemnation of Idolatry painting was the outcome of these thoughts. I consider the piece a failed painting, though vital in the development of my practice.