Entitled Deez Nuts, Mark Drew‘s effervescent mash-up of Charlie Brown and iconic 90′s rap lyrics harkens back to… Tumblr? Yeah, we think so. It’s a hilarious and all together eye opening example of Internet culture pervading the mainstream art world — or every other world for that matter. — The Meme has become such a pervasive schtick of armchair photoshop enthusiasts everywhere that its form factor is familiar and immediate. But, and this is what makes this whole experiment worthwhile, because the cycles change so quickly the form doesn’t lend an air of outdatedness. While it may be a bit kitsch, it’s more a careful mixture of the high and low brow, which is what makes these days such interesting one’s to live in. His juxtapositions are hilarious because we’ve all imagined these characters or some other set of characters saying these things. Combined with the fact that rap is a written medium as well as a spoken one, the panels jump off the page at the viewer both groping you for chuckles and for rage. The Peanuts comic strip, originally created by Charles M. Schulz, is itself a bridge between the two philosophical modes we find ourselves wedged between today. Existentialism (and all it’s life is meaningless, only you create meaning neuropathy) and what I call Neo-Romanticism (which basically states that humans are the center of a vastly complicated Universe where we are both illuminated and blinded by our consciousness.) Or, Hipster-ism, as it is affectionally called by old ivy league professors. All of these things Mark Drew explores here, out of the Australian gallery that the Australian-born cum Tokyo-resident has opened up to highlight his work and other’s like it. Peep game, below. And if you’re in Australia, the show was at the China Heights Gallery in Sydney. We’re not sure if it’s still there, but it’s worth a shot right?
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