Beastly innocence

Rrrrr...on this play date everyone is having fun, the little girls and the feline that strongly resembles a man-eating beast with its mouth full of sharp teeth wide open.  I am still not sure why I like these works (or if I do), but they surely stopped me on my way to my other destination.  Perhaps the innocence of these little children integrated with the seemingly battles of life and death really appealed to me.

In this photo, you can see the sculpture of which a boy's face is eaten by a baby shark or maybe the boy is morphing into the fish or vice versa.  The suggestion of little children being devilish and mischievous is undefinable, at the same time these works also seem to be glorifying misbehaving children.  

The only piece in which the little girl is not engaged in any destructive state of affairs is the one shown below where she is jumping into a puddle of liquid gold.  It looks more like she is purposely making a splash but only the splash is made of gold hence the mischief actually attracts fortune (as in appealing to future owners) than causing real damage. What also struck me when I had a better look at these sculptures is that all the little girls looked like uniform-wearing Asian school girls.  On second thought, this could either be a homage or a superficial imitation to the likes of Takashi Murakami or Yoshitomo Nara in whose works the antihero is always depicted as the cutest and most adorable children.  The artist is Finnish by the way.  Kim Simonsson's exhibition titled Ponytail is up at Nancy Margolis Gallery until April 23. 


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