Welcome to the latest art to emerge from the contemporary visionaries as seen through the eyes of Platinum Cheese. 

Camille Rose Garcia | Snow White & the Black Lagoon @ Michael Kohn Gallery

Congratulations are definitely in order for Camille Rose Garcia after she presented her latest body of work, Snow White and the Black Lagoon, to an awe-struck crowd at Michael Kohn Gallery. Perhaps the overwhelming sense of wonderment came from recognizing that the Pop Surrealist Queen has just solidified herself as a bona fide contemporary artist--alas, now the prospect of owning a Camille Rose Garcia original is just that much further from my reach.    Before the evening began, all but the 10' centerpiece painting, Hunters and Warriors, had been scooped up by collectors and will soon be on their way to a good home. I would suspect even the centerpiece will eventually find its way into the collection of an avid art lover as made evident by the mesmerized gallery crowd surrounding it throughout the night.   Depicting the beloved classic story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in her uniquely twisted and dysfunctional style, Camille Rose Garcia returns the fairytale to its rightful place as an unsettling children's story perfect for adults. Looking closely, you will see images filled with allegories of politics, capitalism, and sacrifice delicately woven within the storybook environment. Using dark waters to symbolize magic and our greedy love for oil, and incorporating phrases like 'Slowly Killing It' and 'Leaky Empires', Camille forces the viewer to acknowledge the destructive actions of our governments toward our ecosystems. She also challenges us to take ownership in the role we play to support such actions and to hopefully encourage us to begin the necessary steps for change.   I started it last year during the Gulf Oil spill and I wanted to do a re-telling of Snow White combined with the ecological disaster going on there. The fairytales of Grimm always talked about people that lived in forest that were very close to nature and their environment…I wanted to use the symbolism of things like the evil Queen to represent the evil empire and capitalism; and the white animals and Snow White representing the purity of nature – something precious to be protected. Of course, there’s the battle of good and evil. ~ Camille Rose Garcia

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