Celebrated for their nude depictions of personalities like Kim Kardashian West, Emily Ratajkowski and Amber Rose, The Kaplan Twins’ latest paintings continue to utilize the quirky, ridiculous and engrossing culture of internet fame while exploring new modes of communication, and the resulting evolution of language and symbolism. Over the past two years, the internet / digital artists have caused quite a stir with their previous bodies of work dubbed “self-aware, ‘sexploitation’ art” by W magazine. However, the progressive artists are evolving into their next phase.
With, I Only Summer in the Hamptons, Roman Fine Art brings The Kaplan Twins’ unique sense of ironic, yet playful humor from LA to the East End, exploring a concept for the digital era. In this new series of oil paintings, The Kaplan Twins incorporate witty text, humorous ideograms, and “trendy” objects to pull from popular iconography. Allowing for commentary on “overheard” and “millennial culture”, compositions are driven by ubiquitous social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
Imagery of luxury goods, status icons and emoji eggplants are blown out of scale and paired with colloquialisms derived from sexting, “Swipe Left / Swipe Right” culture. The colorful pieces comment on our current need to keep our Instagram feeds more filtered, more exaggerated, more curated, and “better than yours”.
The Hamptons, being the Summer location for affluent East Coaster’s, and spiritual neighbor to communities such as Miami and Los Angeles, undeniably attracts the “trend-afflicted” to its perfect beaches, in their search for the “it” crowd. These millennials flock into the beach towns in droves, seeking out the latest and best of everything, and the twins new body of work plays perfectly to their target audience, with a hint of irony 😉.
The Kaplan Twins are not as straightforward as they may initially appear. They encourage us to reconsider the nature of art using their brand of wit, humor, and a dissection of our evolving use of language. Equal parts performative, conceptual, digital, and fine artists The Kaplan Twins can be added to the cannon of emerging Millennial Artists fusing Page Six celebrity, Instagram influencer and wry humor into one. They cite Warhol’s quote “Everyone will be famous” and aim to explore the notion that everyone is looking at the same homogenized imagery for inspiration.
About the Artists:
The Kaplan Twins’ (b. 1993, New Jersey) work explores the complexities of today’s celebrity culture and comments on it through the eyes of their millennial generation. Their goal is to create a conversation, while breaking through societal cliches and taboos, and looking at today’s media headlines through a different lens. Working as a duo, they attended NYU graduating in 2015, Allie with BFA in Fine art with a concentration in painting, Minor in Art History, Lexi with a BFA in Fine art with a concentration in painting. They have shown mainly in Los Angeles, most notably We Rise Gallery, De Re Gallery and the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, they have also been included in several pop-up exhibitions. They are included in numerous celebrity and private collections worldwide. Their work has been featured in Flaunt Magazine, W Magazine, Vice, The Times, Cools, Issue Magazine, Teen Vogue, Dujour Mag, Instyle, Crave, Playboy, High Snobiety, Elle China among others.
About Roman Fine Art:
Roman Fine Art is a newly founded Contemporary art gallery in East Hampton, NY. The gallery is committed to bringing its clientele the most provocative, relevant and exciting artworks from the 21st century. Their goal is to foster a new environment dedicated to recognizing and supporting New Contemporary Art movements by showcasing the fresh, cutting edge artwork from our young, talented artists. Director, Damien A. Roman, is an Art Consultant, Curator and Project Coordinator specializing in Contemporary, Post-War and Modern Art. He has been exhibiting and selling art in the greater New York area for 20 years.
About The Montauk Beach House:
The Montauk Beach House is a well appointed 33-room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Montauk with an active daytime pool-centric environment and a comfortable, warm, chill-out-by-the-fire-with-friends loungey vibe at night. A social gathering space to eat, drink, have fun, and make memories. The Beach House aims to provide guests with memorable stays that highlight comfort and simplicity; set in a relaxed ambiance balanced with the right touches of luxury. The summer events programming is specifically tailored to fulfill a top-notch hospitality experience via music entertainment from renowned djs & live acts, art exhibits, retail offerings, special events and collaborations with like-minded brands - via activations, trunk shows, interactive guest experiences and more.