Details:

This painting envisions the desire for abjection, featuring two feet in red pumps covered in messy fluids—which may be the very paint used to create the scene. This work explores the death drive at our species' current apex of existential risk.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Semio

This painting envisions the desire for abjection, featuring two feet in red pumps covered in messy fluids—which may be the very paint used to create the scene. This work is from a series by the artist that explores the death drive at our species' current apex of existential risk.

Ryan Cullen's art practice layers diverse philosophical and psychological histories to examine the making of new images during periods of general systemic collapse. The artist's paintings offer brutal genealogies of the materialist mechanics of societal destruction. By creating concrete images for these ideologies and their histories, Cullen simultaneously builds and analyzes the iconological networks of hegemonic decline.

Specs:

27.5 inches
47.25 inches

③ Artist:

Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen's practice synthesizes philosophical and psychological histories. Cullen does this to examine how and why new images are made during historical moments when systems seem to be collapsing. The artist’s work explores the brutal genealogies of societal destruction, depicting ecstatic Protestant Puritans, vivisections of domestic furniture and prophetic mess fetishists. Cullen's work employs the painted image as a means to make visible both ideologies and their histories—simultaneously building and analyzing networks of images that explore hegemonic decline.

Ryan Cullen:
Semio, 2022
Oil on linen
47.3 × 27.5 inches /