Jason Mecier has guts. Not only does he make his art out of non-traditional materials, which is risky enough as it is, he also tends to make things that are a bit controversial in terms of pop culture.This past April, Mecier made headlines when he made a portrait out of Lindsay Lohan out of trash.
Specifically out of “make-up, jewelry, sunglasses, credit cards, cell phones, booze bottles, handcuffs, Visine, prescription bottles, Lindsay’s CDs and DVDs, two collectable ‘Mean Girls’ nail files, four ant traps, Monistat 7, eight Q-Tips, 13 bullet shells, one tampon and 29 cigarette butts.” The artist insists that it’s all in good fun, but this isn’t the first piece that Mecier has made that has caused some raised eyebrows.
He has also done pieces in the recent past of celebrity portraits that have passed away due to drug overdoses using only pills to create the image. The most famous, perhaps, is one of Whitney Houston, composed shortly after her death.
Mecier insists that there is nothing insensitive about the works of art that he has created, and stated in an interview by the Huffington Post that, as an artist, he didn’t believe there were any topics that were off-limits. Here’s some more pill portraits of celebrities that had known struggles with narcotics:
My favorite portrait is the one of Big Bird, which he made out of children’s breakfast cereal after the ridiculous comment Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney made when he threatened to shut down PBS. This might seem minor but to me is a piece that speaks “protest”.
Has Jason Mecier gone to far? That is up to interpret. There is not doubt that a lot of his work is an exemplary satirical narrative using “pop” mediums. Either way, huzzah for exciting new mediums in the art world, right? In my opinion, it’s exciting to see artists who use recycle goods to create art. More importantly, we see what he is capable of doing so we can only look forward to what sort of culture art he’ll produce in the near future!
By Maki Kern