Brooklyn-based art mogul KAWS presented his Peanuts Gallery-inspired collection entitled “Man’s Best Friend” which features silhouettes of Snoopy and Charlie Brown in various forms in KAWS-signature aesthetic in Los Angeles at the Honor Fraser Gallery. In his new black and white works, what appear to be non-representational images are variations on small details of Charles M. Schulz’s iconic drawings of characters from his Peanuts series. Original Peanuts comic strips appeared in American and international newspapers every day from 1950 until Schulz’s death in 2000, establishing the characters as significant figures in the American pop cultural vernacular for generations of young people. In this series, KAWS has enlarged tiny instances from the familiar renderings of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Pig-Pen, et al. Remaining faithful to Schulz’s original line drawings, KAWS has executed a grid of fifty works on paper. Though the Peanuts characters are blown so far out of proportion that they are nearly unrecognizable, KAWS leaves just enough information for us to identify his subjects, underscoring the ubiquity of these figures and the power of the repetition of images to enter our cultural memory. The Gallery will be available for browsing until October 31, 2014. View images of the gallery below.
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