"Tongue in Cheek"

Kori Newkirk, Wilshire Boulevard west of Hoover Street, Los Angeles, February-March 2010. Part of "How Many Billboards? Art in Stead" temporary project organized by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.

"Playing on the notion of self-portraiture at large, Newkirk's figure is captured at the center of the frame. A hint of shoulder muscle bulges with effort; his face is caught in a grimace. All the while an enormous snowball is stuck in his mouth. On the one hand, the viewer is called upon to play with the various implications of the image, with the caveat that to literalize the associations evoked by the colors, the materials, and the implications of their proper names would be to choke the artwork-pun intended. On the other hand, the denotation of the image oscillates between what may be pleasure, pain, or both-rendering unclear whether the object has been forced into the artist's mouth, or whether it represents an act of consent." - text from a longer description by Nizan Shaked, http://www.howmanybillboards.org/, accessed 03/2010.

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