JOHN KNUTH’S CHARMING FLY-SICK PAINTINGS

John Knuth’s Charming Fly-Sick Paintings
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JOHN KNUTH’S CHARMING FLY-SICK PAINTINGS



Written by Liam Jefferies
06 Tuesday 06th August 2013

L.A. artist John Knuth has created a series of Pollock styled canvases featuring thousands of brightly coloured dots. Now, where the “art” lies is in his method, rather than painting these bang-on examples of pointillism himself, the artist has employed quite possibly the best example of outsourcing in art since Disney discovered India.

Using more than 250,000 flies (bought wholesale as maggots, thank you eBay) and some sugary watercolour paint solution, Knuth has created an analogous evocation of the smog of Los Angeles using “flyspeck”, that is, the puke flies leave on everything they touch. Gross, and more than a little bit beautiful.

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