This one is for George. He hasn’t got many words left, but keeps drawing and painting.
Respect, George, you inspire me. Typeface ‘Boy Scout Utility Modern’ by Ed Ruscha.
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 35 cm, 2016
Airco Caravan (Amsterdam/New York) is conceptual artist, painter and activist. During the pop-up show Great Artist Steal a series of 'stolen' paintings will be on view, called Associates. These paintings are all strongly inspired by famous artists or paintings. Together they visualize my own context. Those are the images and artists that caught my eye in our world of visual overload. Elaine Sturtevant, Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist, Martin Kippenberger, Damien Hirst, Sigmar Polke, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tom Wesselmann, Robert Indiana and, especially for this occasion, On Kawara. Google it.Also on view during Great Artist Steal: a series of 5 vandalized Martin Luther King statues, who were placed in the public space to remember Dr. King who was killed 50 years ago. It was heartbreaking to discover the statues being stolen, broken, amputated and beheaded. More info about the damaged statues here: Monument for Martin Luther King on www.mlk50.nl/vandalism.Past projects: • Monument for Martin Luther King on www.mlk50.nl. Monument for Martin Luther King, 50 identical statues of Dr. King, placed in Europe and the US to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination, april 4th, 2018. • ‘Weapon: Other’ and ’Still Life’: a growing series of paintings, installations and wall tapestries of unusual murder weapons. • ‘Made in China’, a forbidden portrait of the Dalai Lama, illegally painted in 16 parts by 16 artists in China. • Founder of Nasty Women Amsterdam, international anti-Trump art movement and fundraiser exhibition; 184 participating artists from 27 countries, raising $17,000 for women’s rights.Airco Caravan participated in group & solo shows and art fairs around the world, in places like Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, London, New York, Memphis, Vienna, Bristol, Mexico City, Tokyo, Melbourne. Studied at Academy of Arts in Utrecht, Netherlands (BA) and the Art Students League of New York.Read more on www.aircocaravan.com and follow on IG @aircocaravan and Facebook