NeoSurrealismArt George Grie

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Peter Paul Rubens, The Union of Earth and Water Coca Cola
The Union of Earth and
Coca Cola
KFC The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
The Last KFC Supper
Salvador Dali's lips of mind famous Mae West sofa
Dali's Lips of Mind
Feodor Dostoevsky's classic Crime and Punishment
Dostoevsky Crime and

Appointment In Samarra, John O'Hara
J.O'Hara Appointment In
The Birth of
Naughty Venus;
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen novel
Pride and Prejudice
Marilyn Monroe - Toronto TTC Life of a Legend
Marilyn Monroe
visiting Toronto

All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare
All's Well That Ends Well
Pet Sematary horror novel by Stephen King
Pet Sematary by S.King
Cute as a button questions that never have been answered
Cute as a Button
Zippo Timeless Treasures
Timeless Treasures

Zippo Timeless Treasures
Medical Practice
Zippo Timeless Treasures
Yes, we can!
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Law Practice
Zippo Timeless Treasures
Change We Can
Believe In  

Surreal Nonsense & Absurdist Humor Examples, Dark Surhumorism
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Art posters and framed prints by fineartamerica
How would the gods and heroes of antiquity in classical paintings be depicted in the modern world? George Grie is reflecting on this topic. He created a small sarcastic series of images with the witty title of humor-surrealism or sur-humorist. He invites some well-known paintings and famous literary heroes to live in a modern world. Let’s go down to the subway, sit in a cafe, and meet at the fountain of Coca-Cola. It is a highly unusual project of the surrealist artist. There are only a few images here. However, you can laugh, appreciate the originality of thinking and presentation, and be surprised by the subtle irony of the painting's choice and subject matter.

"I created this series of work more than ten years ago. I posted them on the Internet under the pseudonym John7 Doe7. I did not want to give my name to the pictures because these works are strikingly different from what I usually make. In addition, they are relatively light conceptual sketches then profound observations. But over the years, it seemed that despite the apparent difference between these collages and my artworks, they are still a part of my visual culture; they are the part that I could not utilize in traditional works because of their apparent sarcastic-humorous nature. After some considerations, I decided to post them on my website anyway." - George Grie, 2012

The encyclopedic definition of surrealist humor sounds as -
"Surreal or absurdist humor and comedy is a form of humor based on deliberate violations of cause and effect relationships that produce events and behavior that are clearly illogical. Surreal humor designs are usually associated with bizarre comparisons, inconsistencies, unpredictable, irrational or absurd situations and expressions of nonsense."
Mona Lisa or the ultimate victory of multiculturalism
However, it seems that this definition is way too narrowly focused. It does not cover the entirety of the surrealistic method or the depth of the humor nature. In my opinion, the definition lacks a modern view of the partial merging of neo-realism and pop-art. In this little art collection, the fusion with pop art is revealed in its versatility.

Many contemporary artists, illustrators, designers, and photographers create a new niche in art. They are trying to look innovatively at the modern world and the classic concept of culture. For the most people who do not go to museums and libraries, these photo-collages may be the only information available to get familiar with masterpieces of painting, graphics and literature. Such photo manipulations and other objects of the new genre have not yet been given a definite title or category. George Grie, along with the ideas of sarcastic canvases, gave a title which has a chance to become a new term for art critics. It is Surhumorism. One word, characterizes the technique and the ironic direction of the Surhumorism. This kind of art is beyond the typical limits of the artistic framework.

Modern culture is often blamed for the inevitable decay. Perhaps, the Surhumorism is not a bad way to transfer the best from the past to our contemporary viewers in the format of a collage, and a Photoshop, and easy intellectual games. Viewers are used to get knowledge in the entertainment format. Another advantage of such works is the opportunity to see how the idea of beauty and ethics has changed over the last 600 years, how little we really have changed ourselves. It is despite of all the achievements of our technological century. We do not order portraits, but we prefer calendars, posters, and photos to genre paintings today. Nevertheless, the principles of composing artworks, literature, sculptures are the still same and make us love, empathize, and freeze in admiration.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens "Coca-Cola." It is playful hint of the author on the advertising dominance of some popular products. What will happen if the heroes of the most iconic paintings of the world are combined with our vulgar, cynical reality? Look what happened with the Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci. The characters look in KFC establishment very organically, modern. The artist accurately noticed that the popularity of KFC Company with its many cafes that surpasses the number of church institutions on the planet. Remake on the "Birth of Venus" Sandro Botticelli. From the version of George Grie it is clear that our views on morals and chastity have changed quite a lot, especially in commercial advertising and television. The image of chastity would be considered wickedness in the distant past of the Renaissance. Portrait of Dali, in the spirit of Dali, Salvador Dali is dedicated. How could we miss him, such persons are never forgotten.

Here are surrealistic photo-collages on literary themes. "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevski, Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, novel "Rendezvous in Samaria" by John O'Hara, Stephen King's novel "Pets Cemetery", All's Well That Ends Well" by William Shakespeare, An oxymoronic combination of objects in these compositions gives rise to a chain of reflections and associations. In all of George Grie's works there is a share of black humor, skepticism, and ridicule over certain rules and ideals, which is quite inherent in surrealism in general. Another nostalgic work-allegory "Gone with the wind" ... Photo of the Sherborne subway station in Toronto in the 1950s and Merlin Monroe. The artist used this metro station for several years when he lived and worked in Toronto." Here is the personalization of the popular expression "Cute as a button". Since when is the button pretty?

Perhaps, many of these works seem blasphemous and frivolous. But this is what the author point attention to… to our sometimes obsolete and fossilized ideas about classical literature and art. *

George Grie. 2006-2008.
Used software: Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator®, Photo Stock
(rus) Сюрреалистический Юмор, Примеры Абсурда и Нонсенса в Искусстве
*Text Heather W.W.

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