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Consumerist Culture At Its Finest in These Artworks For Sale

  • Okuda San Miguel - Freeplastic Statue II
September 5, 2019
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

Although it sounds like a commonplace, consumerism is a globally present phenomenon under which any citizen becomes part of a targeted group approached carefully to make profit. This complex mechanism is a direct result of the processes started with the industrial revolution back in the 19th century, and it further developed throughout the 20th century with the establishment of the global market.

At the same time, consumerism gives a sort of comfort to people and enables a strong class division. Its deceptive power was examined by various artists especially in the United States during the 1950s when the economy boomed and the society became affluent.

The imagery of dazzled housewives, latest home appliances, automobiles, and other commodities created a dream state, critically articulated through the works of Pop Art, but also later movements and artists.

That is why we selected eight outstanding artworks for sale on our marketplace which in different, but in some points similar way examine consumerism.

Featured image: Okuda San Miguel – Freeplastic Statue II. All artworks are courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Devin Miles - All Stars

Devin Miles - All Stars

The first artwork on our top list was made by German artist Devin Miles, best known for his painterly practice saturated with the iconic pop art references of the 1950s and 1960s. Namely, by appropriating the imagery typical for American context and presenting it in a renewed manner (the combination of techniques such as hand screen-printing, airbrushing, painting and graphics on a brushed aluminum surface), he manages to construct evocative and responsive compositions aimed to explore the roots of consumerist culture.

All Stars features the head-shot of the Statue of Liberty, yellow taxi, and several other features of New York framed in the shape of the famous Apple logo.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jonathan Seliger - Biggies Socks

Jonathan Seliger - Biggies Socks (Gucci)

Next up is the work made by multimedia artist Jonathan Seliger whose entire practice develops within the realm of Pop Art tradition, West Coast’s finish fetish movement, and postmodern deconstruction tendencies. By focusing on the system of values and commodities imposed by luxury brands such as Chanel, Bulgari, Prada, etc., Seliger critically articulates the notion of consumerism and an array of implications it evokes. His objects/bags are functioning in between a ready-made/ sculpture/ and object art, and are embedded with poetry and humor.

Biggies Socks (Gucci) is a bronze sculpture, are a replica, as the title suggests, of a regular Gucci bag given to any customer able to buy any item of the world’s leading brand.

See more info about the work here.

  • ARY KP - Coco Street

ARY KP - Coco Street

ARY KP is a prominent French graffiti who started her career in the 1990s. Her entire oeuvre is saturated with cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse or Popeye, or iconic artists such as Frida Kahlo. Interestingly so, her process is based on capturing/collecting various tags and graffiti she encountered on her travels, collaging them in remarkable compositions centered on the mentioned characters.

ARY KP’s work called Coco Street features a bottle of the famous Chanel perfume depicted in a mosaic-like manner typical for the artist.

See more info about the work here.

  • Takashi Murakami – Canvas Handbag

Takashi Murakami – Canvas Handbag Red Skulls Yellow Flowers Interior

Following up is the work made by the renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami who is largely inspired by comics and animation from his native country. His vibrant and cartoonish sculptures and paintings feature exaggerated characters often find themselves in peculiar and funny situations. The compositions of Takashi Murakami are hard to categorize and are situated on the holt between high art found in the museums and popular imagery found in advertising. Alongside regular work of art, the artist produces expensive merchandise such as key chains, T-shirts, and mugs populated by his characters.

Canvas Handbag Red Skulls Yellow Flowers Interior is a replica of a bag made by the lavish brand covered with Murakami’s characters.

See more info about the work here.

  • Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup II Vegeterian Vegetables

Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup II Vegetarian Vegetables

One of the best-known artists of all times is definitely the founding father of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. Although his large scale silkscreens and multiplied portraits of pop starts are his most recognizable works, Warhol’s practice was also pioneering in terms of experimental use of the media and the moving pictures, photography, exhibition design, journalism, etc; he was ambiguous regarding consumerism and used the methods of the same to market himself, while creating highly avant-garde works aimed to question various social and political mechanisms.

This particular work belongs to his widely acclaimed Campbell Soup series which championed this brand to such an extent that they are still producing these products under the same label.

See more info about the work here.

  • Okuda San Miguel - Freeplastic Statue II

Okuda San Miguel - Freeplastic Statue II

Next artwork on our list was made by a Spanish painter and sculptor Okuda San Miguel, whose expressive style does not leave the observer restless. By incorporating animals, skulls, religious iconography, and human figures and combining it with geometric patterns, Okuda creates pop surrealists works saturated with poetics and symbolism. His works are often inspired by the Old Masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Hyronimuous Bosch, and the Surrealists like René Magritte and Max Ernst.

Freeplastic Statue II is a second artwork on our list featuring the head-shot of the Statue of Liberty presented as wearing a crown with an embedded logo of McDonald’s.

See more info about the work here.

  • Kumikaho Oshima - orgy

Kumikaho Oshima – orgy

A young Japanese artist Kumikaho Oshima creates humorous works centered on two dominant motifs which are Barbies and US Dollars. By incorporating these Western symbols, she is critically exploring traditional expectations of women and the influence of the globalization and consumerism on the Japanese society and the.

The piece orgy perfectly illustrates her approach.

See more info about the work here.

  • Ben Frost - Pin the Tail

Ben Frost - Pin the Tail

This artwork was made by an Australian artist Ben Frost similarly deals with consumerism like some of the other artist already mentioned within this top list. Common advertising and media images represent a rich source of inspiration for the artist who appropriates them and juxtaposes them in a confrontational and often controversial way.

This particular work called Pin The Tail features a famous donkey from the cartoon Winnie The Pooh set against a standard drug design.

See more info about the work here.