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The Art of Kim Alsbrooks

After having lived in the South, with its preoccupations on the revolutionary war and its social structures, artist Kim Alsbrooks was inspired to create ‘White Trash,’ a series that spoke of these archaic ideas while incorporating trash as canvases. Composed on flattened beer cans or crushed fast food containers, Alsbrooks re-creates 18th century portraits on these unexpected surfaces. View more of the works after the jump.

After having lived in the South, with its preoccupations on the revolutionary war and its social structures, artist Kim Alsbrooks was inspired to create ‘White Trash,’ a series that spoke of these archaic ideas while incorporating trash as canvases. Composed on flattened beer cans or crushed fast food containers, Alsbrooks re-creates 18th century portraits on these unexpected surfaces. Commenting on beauty and social status, the miniature portraits merge antiquated ways of capturing the physical memory of a person with our modern preoccupations with consumption and immediate gratification. Alsbooks is currently showing several pieces from this series at NJ’s Parlor Gallery. View more of the works below.

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