During the conception of „Contemporary Pieces“, I became enamored with the eroticism, presentation and charisma of paintings from the Renaissance Period. In the Late Renaissance, Italian and Dutch painters dealt with the middle and lower classes. In my opinion, Fast Food Culture represents these two social classes in the United States today. To eat healthy is expensive. However, one can buy large amounts of food at a fast food restaurant for a comparatively low price. I studied books on the Renaissance from the University Library. By using laborers, gypsies and prostitutes for models, the portraits of Caravaggio create a different feeling. I asked friends to model for me and recreate the poses of the people in the paintings, with the new touches that I added. I like the fact that my friends in these photographs have tattoos and piercings. It underlines the concept that they are ‘Children of the Modern Age,’ having been brought up in the changing America, often defined by the culture of Fast Food. It was significant that many of my friends try to avoid Fast Food. In their eyes, Fast Food in the United States is comprised of genetically modified items that are designed only for mass consumption. To them, the food becomes a non-edible object and loses its value as being considered Food.
The result is a series of 5 Portraits and 5 Still Life photographs. The images have a definite sense of humor to them, which helps when talking about social issues with a variety of origins as these photographs contain. Like the old Masters this work is dealing with transience and beauty, but I clearly want to stay away from giving any directions since everybody is allowed to have an own interpretation.
The prints are 50 cm x 70 cm on matte paper with a golden frame.
Myriam Rütten, Evan Haase, Thea Langbehn, Jorrit Smit, Justine David, Giovanni Giusti, Trevor Noble, Cafe Karrusell