What does a portion of McDonald’s chips have to do with anything inside a still life? What about a giant emoticon in a forest? These are questions that arise spontaneously when you look at the paintings by Dave Pollot, an artist who has a considerable following on Instagram.
The characters, icons and habits that distinguish our time are found in traditional paintings. The decontextualization of these symbols takes place in an exuberant and disruptive way, greatly disorienting the viewer.
The irony behind this artistic gesture, which seems to be a frivolous aesthetic act, conceals a profound reflection on how much human priorities and habits have changed, how much multinationals dominate our lives.
Dave Pollot brings us closer to the art of the past, proposing icons easily recognizable inside, to make us smile, but also think.