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Victor Castillo's Explicit Lyrics

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy by Suzanne on November 19th, 2007 | BBC Wikipedia


Supplica a Mia Madre, 2007, by Victor Castillo - click to enlarge

Victor Castillo is a young Chilean artist whose oeuvre reinterprets pop culture icons in a satirical, grotesque and often blatantly cruel way.

His playful yet critical resistance to be mesmerised by the ever increasing Bilderflut and his opposition against its commercial messages puts him in the tradition of artists like Brian Taylor (a.k.a. CandyKiller), M.S. Bastian, Ben Frost (website currently down) or even Ronald Kurniawan - to name a few.

But let's hear the artist himself:

[...] The work of Victor Castillo strikes like a swift blow to the stomach and stirs the innards of a popular iconography fed by comics, illustration and television. His drawing produce slogans on daily consumption and monstrous beings enslaved to flesh and money. This production, consumption and digestion of statements reveal the violence of everyday life and denounce the universality of rationality incarnated by diabolical figures of animals or humans.

(Excerpt from Victor Castillo on Victor Castillo)


© Victor Castillo - click to enlarge

His new series for the Explicit Lyrics show in Barcelona reminds me a lot of Jake & Dinos Chapman's Insult to Injury series for which they altered (or, in their own words, "improved") a set of Goya's original Los Desastres de la Guerra etchings.

Anyway.. don't miss Victor's current show at Iguapop Gallery if you happen to be in beautiful Barcelona by November 24, 2007.


I put a spell on you, 2007, by Victor Castillo - click to enlarge

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2 comments to " Victor Castillo's Explicit Lyrics "

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    Suzanne G. – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Victor Castillo at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, L.A. … and Mia Mäkilä originals for sale! says:

    [...] time to get your sausages polished for Victor Castillo‘s (previously featured here and here) Rebels With A Cause show which opens at Merry Karnowsky Gallery this coming Saturday, February 5 [...]

    January 31st, 2011 at 1:39 am

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    Suzanne G. – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Victor Castillo & Miss Van in Berlin says:

    [...] favourite sausage fetishist Victor Castillo (so far the artist whose work – Chick Habit, to be precise – stayed on my MacBook [...]

    May 17th, 2011 at 9:35 am

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