These watercolors by John Criscitello seem illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s novels, tastefully updated with a postmodern twist.With a realistic and nervous style, Criscitello contrasts last century design icons with symbols of death and transience. Crows, skulls and magical images create a disorienting ironic feeling, an oxymoron between conflicting concepts.The beauty and the immortality of master’s design combined with a Gothic memento mori. The implied criticism concerns our inability to get out stylistically and mentally of the last century, that feeds us visually with wonderful masterpieces, a detached way to approach reality inherited by postmodernism.
The continuous revamping and citation about icons of a reassuring golden age, the vintage style that ruled the past two decades, cannibalizes any attempt to create new icons, new design objects representing our days.
For young designers the weight of the design founding fathers is so overwhelming that, if we think about, it is really hard to find an object of the first decade of 2000 that can be used as an icon of his time, of course, technological objects excepted.Criscitello points out this crisis with humor and with that typical American Gothic. Learn more about the artist here.
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