Pasta Oner: David
The statue of David by the well-known artist Pasta Oner can be seen as part of the permanent exhibition in the Galeria Teplice shopping center. This is a work of art of extraordinary dimensions, whose ambition is to become one of the cultural landmarks of the city of Teplice.
The work (David, 2019, mixed media) refers to Michelangelo Buonarroti's famous Renaissance sculpture "David" from 1501-1504.
The author Pasta Oner tries to transfer the work to the present in his rendition and uses several elements to do so. At first glance, you can see that the hand gestures have been significantly changed, and in addition, David is carrying a donut on his shoulder. This is a pop-culture-postmodern symbolism of today.
A donut is basically a pastry full of sugar, which we use in excess these days and can create a certain kind of addiction, which we can observe, for example, in children. Even a very young child is able to recognize the typical shape of a donut. The surface treatment of this 225 cm high work consists of a cluster of colors applied using sprays and referring to the street art past of the author. In this context, the work does not seek to criticize our consumer society. It is only a memento of the time we live in.
The shopping center is a temple of today, and the placement of the statue thus resonates with the shift of the work to the present.
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