Recap: Kenny Scharf “Hodgepodge” at the Honor Fraser Gallery
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Scharf’s addiction to vibrant colors and surreal imagery was fueled by his fascination of television and consumer culture as a youth. His sculpture, “Pikaboom” (2012) perfectly displays the influence of low budget sci-fi films, cartoons and the social climate of the 50s and 60s in Scharf’s work. “Pikaboom” is a picnic table is set to resemble a cartoonish atom bomb. A mushroom cloud with smiling faces hovers over seating. The wide spread appeal of Scharf’s work was evident by the variance of ages of the gallery’s attendees. Young and mature audiences alike enjoyed taking in his colorful masterpieces. MOCA’s own Jeffrey Deitch even made it out to see what Scharf had come up with next. Hodgepodge will be on display at the Honor Fraser Gallery until May 19.
Text: Keisha Raines
Photo: Birdman for 12ozProphet