Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Yinka Shonibare's "The Last Supper" Explodes for Sedition Art Digital Collectors

"The Last Suppper (After Leonardo)" by Yinka Shonibare. Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery.
UNITED KINGDOM---"Last Supper (after Leonardo)" (2013) by British artist Yinka Shonibare, is an exploration of colonialism . In "The Last Supper Exploded," he investigates the worship of luxury goods and the reckless behaviour of in particular the financial industry by paying art historical homage to one of humanity’s best known religious artworks: Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Last Supper." In Yinka Shonibare’s digital version of "The Last Supper Exploded" (video) for Sedition (available for $35), the artist animates his sculptures and raises the work’s visual impact to a further level of the grotesque. The figure of Christ (or "Bacchus" for Yinka) - is removed from the setting, the disciples rendered in computer animation style but dressed in African batik patterned clothes.