Curated by Martina Corbetta
Aqua_1530 Collins Avenue, Miami. Florida
Date: December 6th, 2017/December 10th, 2017
Opening: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 @3PM
The big eathquake is the biggest canvas that Laurina Paperina has ever realized, with mixed technique, in 2017. This painting is extremely actual and it has a strong impact and it represents a lot of different characters, precisely 144, and this conveys it a unique and deeply attractive characteristic. A wide range of several personalities animates the famous Californian landscape of Hollywood and of the Silicon Valley, interpreted by the artist in a ruinous and strong decline key due to an earthquake that lacerates the landscape and the compositive structure of the painting, dividing it in two asymmetric parts.
On the left of the background there is the hill of Los Angeles with the monumental sign Hollywood, without the L. The missing letter is hold by the left hand of the Christ the Redeemer of Rio geographically placed in the American atmosphere thanks to the rap style nacklace, with the symbol of dollar, that he wears. The O is crossed by the strange and enormous subterranean creature, an enormous worm from the film Tremors. Over the solemn sign there is a completely new character, invented by the artist: the killer pigeon. This new horror character by Laurina Paperina eats human bodies lying on the Hollywoodian hill.
Climbing down on the left side of the hill there is the Silicon Valley, rich industrial area of the USA, specialized in the planning and production of technology. Among the industries situated in the Valley, Paperina represents the buildings of Google and Facebook that seem to smash and from those we can see people suiciding jumping down from the high floors, it is a metaphor of the prevailing technologic world that dominates the society and wins the humanity.
The unique Golden Gate Bridge, broken in two parts, leads the observer to jump dangerously from the left side of the canvas to the right side, where on another hill stand out against the degrading burning 20 century fox invaded by the typical big worm of Laurina Paperina. Between the smashed red bridge and the degrading logo of the Hollywoodian cinematographic studio there is the Ronald Mc Donald, another fundamental symbol of the American culture, he is crucified.
Linked to the presence of the 20 century fox, there are a lot of cinematographic landmarks on both sides of the painting: in the sky E.T. touches with his finger the cinematographic logo in the shadow of the film Jurassic Park. The artist paints also the ghost of the film Ghostbusters with a scared expression on his face, near the entrance of the Jurassic Park over the split of the ground (in the foreground), in the split of the ground caused by the earthquake (inspired by the Sant Andrew’s fault), down in the foreground we can see the link with the General Lee, the most famous car of the cinema, on the right of this one a free gift to the Men in Black film with the representation of the governative agents and the enemy aliens, in the middle, on the left, next to A bigger splash, film of David Hockney , there is Vincent, Jules and Mr Wolf of the film Pulp Fiction. In the swimming pool of Hockney there is the film of Jaws with the shark eating human beings and next to it the aliens of the film Cocoon, on the edges of that there is Pamela Anderson from the soap opera Baywatch running to save someone, on the trampoline there is a boy sitting on it, wearing an halloween ghost face of the horror film Scream. On the extremely left side there is the alien of the film Alien, over it the artist represents the scenery of the horror film Pet Sematary. Another cinematographic link it’s about the protagonist of Terminator that emerges in miniature in the recess created by the arm of Elmo (Sesame Street). It’s raining frogs like in the film Magnolia and sharks swim like in the film Sharkando as they are under the sea.
In The big earthquake more than in every other canvas there are several quotations linked to the artistic world. Easily identifying the Bansky’s work Love is a Riot Flower Thrower where he throws a little blue bird of the videogame Angry Birds, in the foreground on the edge of the split a detail of the painting Triumph of Death of Peter Bruegel. At the foot of the Silicon Valley appears the Smiley of Ron English, American artist that plays with the symbols of the consumistic culture. On the left of the Smiley, Maurizio Cattelan becomes part of his work of art The ninth hour, substituting Papa Giovanni Paolo II, he is hit by a meteorite. On the same level, on the right, the Paperina represents in an ironic way the Balloon Dog of Jeff Koons, depicted in an intimate gesture. Going down we come across the smashing building of the MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles. On the left we can see the painting of Andy Mouse by Keith Haring. On the opposite side, up on the right, at the gate of Jurassic Park there is the floral face of Takashi Murakami disguised of his character, going down we can find pieces of the sculpture of KAWS Passing Trough arriving in the foreground at the big pink rabbit a bit maniac, inspired by the Tenerone (Drive In) and by the Rabbit of the Gelitin artists.
The distinctive presence of the characters of cartoons endures, for example Elmo of Sesame Street bigger than the other characters, Jerry from Tom and Jerry, the head of Itchy (Itchy and Scratchy), there are also the robots Goldrake and Afrodite (Mazinga Z), we can see Peter Griffin on the hill of the 20 century fox eating Barney of the Flinstones, there is Robin Hood going out from the ground (cartoon of the 1973), down on the left the Minions, the Teletubbies lying dead on the route 66. On the high part of the painting there are Mr burns of The Simpsons and Skeletor (Master of Universe – cartoon). In the middle of the canvas there is Woody Woodpecker, character of the namesake cartoon with opened arms he seems to show to the public the whole canvas. Different and recurring references to the comics and video games: characters of the videogame of Super Mario, Spiderman (comics), Captain America (comics) and Wolverine (X-Men – comics).
At the end, essential is the self-portrait of the artist sitting on the cliff of the deep split created by the earthquake, illustrated like a suicide victim.
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