Ana Kun – Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

In November 2014, Timișoara-based lowbrow artist Ana Kun had her personal exhibition ‘Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?’ hosted by Luis Leu, Karlsruhe, Germany. The show included works on canvas and dialogue bubbles, giving the impression of a graphic novel.

The composition of her highly detailed paintings is “a stream of consciousness”. The works “have a visible narrative structure, are whimsical themed and highly referential”, reflecting on the Anglo-Saxon pop culture, from chewing gum and kryptonite to Cthulhu and Buffalo Bill, while others preserve the Romanian language and cultural frame of reference.

It is an interesting clash of cultures, symbols and characters, that play with the viewer’s perception who is invited to translate the works according to his/ her own thoughts and vision.

Ana Kun

‘Tar-Tar, the kings of bunnies’, 80x40cm, marker on canvas, 2014

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

‘Space babies’, 100x40cm, marker on canvas, 2014

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

‘Hope’, 80x50cm, marker, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

‘Delusion of reference’, 80x80cm, marker on canvas, 2014

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

Part of ‘Hand’ series, 20x20cm, marker, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

‘Shon gut’, 80x80cm, marker, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

‘Chewing gum’, 50x50cm, marker, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

Is this a picture or am I supposed to read it?

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