Teenage Machine Age is an upcoming solo art show by Canadian pop surrealist artist Ryan Heshka at the Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea. It will feature a fresh collection of artwork based on “the golden age of Science Fiction, imagining a fantastic universe populated by pin-up girls, futuristic computers, tin robots and humanoid monsters, exploring surreal scenes and blurred memories, mixing everything with vague hints at universal themes.” The art show opens on Sunday, March 7, 2013 at the Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea gallery in Milan, Italy. You can RSVP for the event online via Facebook.
Heshka’s style reflects the naive visual language of comics, the covers of scandal magazines, advertising flyers, B movies, Steampunk retro atmospheres, old posters… The consumer culture of the past winds up mirroring the equally consumption-driven attitudes of the present. The use of clippings from old magazines, with a very glossy finish for the works on panels, of yellowed paper for the works on paper and of vintage frames, accentuate the time-worn charm of these works.
The final impression is that of a technologically advanced world that lives in a reckless adolescent dream, a glossy world of reassuring colors and seductive textures.
images via Ryan Heshka