[G]uffaw! Fashion has found its funny bone. Platform Crocs (now the footwear du jour). Elf shoes (really).The Queen’s front row debut (AKA, The Most Memeable Moment At Fashion Week).After years of Instagram artists f**king with fashion – see @freddiemade and @siduations for more details – designers are now in on the joke. 26-year-old collage artist Maxwell N. Burnstein is blurring the lines between both worlds in some ways. With a new immersive exhibition, Irreverent Youth, he wants to disrupt the hype of ironic URL artwork online and explore millennial subtexts and meme culture through analog practices.
“Collage was a creative outlet explored in my adolescents, having established a style by the last year of undergraduate,” the Toronto-based creative tells Hunger. “I look to movements in culture for artistic reference. Exhibitions I have presented explore historical themes like American Presidents, environmental shifts, to millennial trends. Social media gave direct access to industry leaders who were previously inaccessible, affording opportunities to work abroad from my base in Toronto, Canada.”
“There were over one hundred subjects photographed for Irreverent Youth,” Burnstein adds. “Real people were captured on 35mm film with props that brought out the satire in these otherwise serious fashion photographs. Single layer collages are free-hung in the gallery, using an x-acto knife to cut the source material you can now see through. Traditionally merging two or more layers together, like the presented images, the single layer collages spaced apart change as audiences walk between the layers.”
The Irreverent Youth installation will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of their event Massive: Illusion on April 19, 2018. Check out an exclusive preview of the artwork in our gallery below…