David Barnett (American, b. 1946)

Miami Crypto Man With Coconut Palms by the Pool, 2021
Mixed Media
27 x 16.88 in
SKU: 6365d-1
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This is a mixed media collage created by the gallery's own Director/Founder! Elements involved are archival inkjet prints, Dr. Ph. Martin's acrylics, and iridescent acrylic on white woven paper. All are mounted to rag mat board. David Barnett's Miami Crypto Man series of 2001 bridges the personal memory of the artist and art history. The figure's jacket has the look of textiles, but the work is a mixed media collage. An homage to the Surrealists, particularly Rene Magritte, the work uses the medium of collage employed by the Dadaists and Surrealists to create the effect of defamiliarization. The work consists of a figure wearing a patterned blue jacket with a sand dollar head and images of a Florida resort and faceless head is made of a sand dollar, which for the artist functions as a kind of Surrealist crypto currency in Miami. The figure depicted echo Surrealist figures. The collage recalls the enigmatic work of Magritte, particularly The Son of Man from 1946. As in Magritte's painting, in which a green apple covers the man's face, the face of Barnett's figure is obscured, or replaced by the sand dollar. The familiar becomes strange. The man's overcoat and bowler hat in the Magritte painting is replaced by the Miami uniform of the linen jacket and the cryptic sand dollar head.


Artwork Size: 27" x 16 7/8"

Frame Size: 27" x 16 7/8"