Just received scans of the most recent work by Jeff Faerber. This new pieces all have his usual features (such as the mixture of contemporary Western and ancient Japanese objects) but he also adds a new one in the form of additional text (title of the painting) in the image.
These ‘explanatory’ texts are inspired on the ancient Japanese art of ukiyo-e, also used in the erotic genre shunga, that can be compared to the text balloons used in contemporary comics. I asked the artist: “Is the additional text in the paintings inspired on the Japanese text added in ukiyo-e prints?
Jeff Faerber: “Yes, I noticed that there is a lo of text on the original prints, so I assumed they told some form of story telling (I don’t read Japanese). I liked the visual of several sentences of text, so I started to give my pieces longer titles and use the title as a visual device. Also, I really liked the titles I came up with, but realized that no one pays attention to the title. I know I never do. So if I added the title to the piece at least it would visually be tied to the painting.”
Striking is that many of the protagonists in these new paintings are multi-tasking using modern devices (often iPhones) and a lot of them seem to be anally fixated and prefer leg tattoos. The couple in the fifth piece is even recording themselves on a webcam. In short, the artist gives us an accurate (and for some confronting) picture of today.
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Source: Pictures provided by Jeff Faerber