Les tontons pop

Oil on canvas | 100x100 cm | 5 versions

This painting portrays the heroes of the legendary Georges Lautner movie Les tontons flingueurs "a la" Roy Lichtenstein. Key lines from the dialog, written by Michel Audiard, have been picked for each of the four characters, played by famous French actors (from left to right, top to bottom: Francis Blanche, Bertrand Blier, Lino Ventura, Jean Lefebvre). The film is such a cult that a lot of French, still today, are able to quote huge chunks of the dialog and remember details of the cast's performances.

L'Odalisque du Boucher

Oil on canvas | 73x92 cm | 5 versions

This image is a provocative take on a famous painting by Francois Boucher, L'Odalisque, c. 1749, now at the Louvre Museum in Paris, an example of the painter's 'licentious' pieces, echoing the libertine spirit en vogue at the time. Francois Boucher’s last name literally means “butcher” in French and the suggestive pose of the model allows for a mapping of her back and bottom parts. A beef cut guide is set on the reclining lady, an ironic way of commenting on her voluptuous forms.

The Mouth

Oil on canvas | 100x100 cm | 5 versions

This picture evokes the bottom part of a poster for Luis Bunuel's 1977 movie Cet Obscur Objet du Desir. This famous story set in Spain and France tells the story of the unfortunate love of an aging French man which a young woman who repeatedly frustrates his desires. The closed pink mouth symbolizes the endless desire that can leave an indelible mark on one's life and dreams.

Happy Hour

Oil on canvas | 92x73 cm | 5 versions

 

Coca Cola has always been committed to creativity in advertising. In a famous ad from the 1940s from the campaign "Fun in the sun", ladies are told they can enjoy fun, sun and an iced coca-cola drink in their own backyard. Artapot plays with the baseline "Happy Hour, have a Coke". When the original explanation "Coca-Cola = Coke" from the original is removed, one can indeed interpret the message quite differently. Enjoyment and fun take another dimension!

Depeche Mode Istanbul'da

Oil on canvas | 70x54 cm | 5 versions

The walls of Galata streets are covered with graffiti and concert ads. While strolling on the streets, Artapot got inspired by this tribute to Depeche Mode whose last concert date in Istanbul in May 2009 was cancelled due to singer Dave Gahan's illness. Depeche Mode last played in Istanbul in 2006.

F...flying

Oil on canvas | 81x65 cm | 5 versions

 

This neo-surrealist image could be read as an ironical take on the state of art today or definitely a playful comment on art history(ies). It contains numerous allusions to visual culture. Duchamp's controversial readymade The Fountain (1917) provides a seat and an incongruous exhaust pipe to a naked lady traveler, herself a revisited version of Man Ray's Le Violon d'Ingres (1924). She seems to fly over a sea of 100,000 bills. The wordings do not relate to the scene yet are an allusion to one of Magritte's famous paintings, The Treachery of Images (1926-29), a manifesto at the time.

Rock'n'roll attitude

Oil on canvas | 100x100 cm | 5 versions

Levi's jeans long epitomized the American way of life with their red and white logo. Artapot keeps the red tab and renames it Elvis, another icon of post-war America. Worn by a full-figured lady whose face one can only imagine and whose forms are reminiscent of the most glamorous actresses, this painting is a perfect evocation of the rock n' roll attitude.

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