Ken Weaver

American, born 1961

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Ken Weaver

American, born 1961

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Described by the artist as “gothic orgy of ornament and excess,” Ken Weaver’s signature large-scale works on paper chronicle the highs and lows of contemporary aristocracy. Carnal scenes unfold in hyper-Baroque, hedonistic interiors, meticulously rendered in monochromatic oil pastel and based on his own image collages. For instance, in 400 Years of Decadence and Decay (2005) Weaver depicts a naked man seated on an ornate throne enjoying the company of two masked women; sex, champagne, bondage, candles—the scene spares no excess. Yet, for an ascot-clad man depicted in Just Call Me the King of the World 'Cause I Just Got ROYALLY FUCKED! (2005), and his Marie Antionette-esque female counterpart in a parallel painting, their Baroque-era finery belies the grim outlook carried on their faces.

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Described by the artist as “gothic orgy of ornament and excess,” Ken Weaver’s signature large-scale works on paper chronicle the highs and lows of contemporary aristocracy. Carnal scenes unfold in hyper-Baroque, hedonistic interiors, meticulously rendered in monochromatic oil pastel and based on his own image collages. For instance, in 400 Years of Decadence and Decay (2005) Weaver depicts a naked man seated on an ornate throne enjoying the company of two masked women; sex, champagne, bondage, candles—the scene spares no excess. Yet, for an ascot-clad man depicted in Just Call Me the King of the World 'Cause I Just Got ROYALLY FUCKED! (2005), and his Marie Antionette-esque female counterpart in a parallel painting, their Baroque-era finery belies the grim outlook carried on their faces.

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Artforum