Ken Mar "Child Saints with Gnome "
Ken Mar "Child Saints with Gnome " 2020
Painting: Oil on Linen
Dimensions 28 x 26in
Signed on Verso, includes a certificate of authenticity.
Ken Mar was born in Oakland, CA. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his BFA in painting. He now lives and works in Brooklyn. The paintings of Ken Mar are informed by religious mysticism, childhood trauma, and the idea that we may be living in a computer-simulated reality. In exploring religious mysticism, his paintings are imagined as devotional works for a yet-to-exist religion in the far future. The use of isolated imagery on unpainted linen is inspired by The Shroud of Turin and the ancient manuscripts of The Gnostic Gospels. The images depicting children show them alongside grotesque caricatures and the artifice of simulacra. His work is heavily influenced by the simulation hypothesis, which proposes that our reality is a computer simulation. This unsettling and fascinating idea considers that the absurdities and contradictions of life may be clues that we are living within an invented narrative.