Oli Sorenson.
FONTANA MASHUP

For his new mashup series entitled "Fontana Mashup," Oli Sorenson re-enacts Lucio Fontana’s incisions onto copies of some of the world’s most expensive masterpieces. The artist bypasses Walter Benjamin’s trope on mechanical reproduction by commissioning hand-made duplicates from artisans in China. The ensuing oil paintings serve as receptacles for Sorenson and his instrument, the scalpel. Slashing strokes instead of brush strokes rule this gesture to cut the Gordian knot of planar aesthetics and disrupt the integrity of Western canonical images.

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Fontana Mashup (Warhol), slashes and commissioned oil on canvas, 102x102cm, June 2016 (photo credit: Claude Labrèche-Lemay)

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Fontana Mashup (Gauguin), slashes and commissioned oil on canvas, 101x77cm, June 2016 (photo credit: Samuel Labarre)


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Fontana Mashup (Picasso), slashes and commissioned oil on canvas, 130x97cm, June 2016 (photo credit: Claude Labrèche-Lemay)


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Fontana Mashup (Picasso), performance at Popop Gallery (video archive), June 2016 (photo credit: Claude Labrèche-Lemay)


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Fontana Mashup (Cezanne), slashes and commissioned oil on canvas, 178x139cm, June 2016 (photo credit: Claude Labrèche-Lemay)


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Fontana Mashup (Gauguin), performance stills, June 2016 (photo credit: Samuel Labarre)


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Fontana Mashup (Gauguin), performance at Popop Gallery (video archive), June 2016 (photo credit: Samuel Labarre)


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Fontana Mashup (Van Gogh), slashes and commissioned oil on canvas, 71x93cm, June 2016 (photo credit: Claude Labrèche-Lemay)


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Fontana Mashup (Warhol & Cezanne), slashes and commissioned oil on canvas, June 2016 (photo credit: Claude Labrèche-Lemay)

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