Konrad Wyrebek “Byonce is the new black Madnna” installation with oil painting, silver gaffer tape, cut aluminum shapes, salt.Approximate size is 3,5 mr for 2,5 m with the oil painting in the middle of shape 90 x 120 cm
quotes from Saatchi Gallery Magazine interview:
” (…) Identity issues recur throughout Wyrebek’s art, a theme that’s maybe most boldly tackled in ‘Byonce Is The New Black Madnna.’ Pose aside, the three female forms in this large grey-and-black painting bear little resemblance to the star. Presented in installation form, the painting is the centrepiece of a silver duct-tape pentagram that stretches out across the floor.
Staring at (or kneeling before) ‘Byonce Is The New Black Madnna’, the impression of a shrine – an anti-religion – is inescapable. But while it’s worship, it’s not of any particular star – this is worship of the idea of worshipping stars. After all, they – like the painting’s mannequin forms – are interchangeable. We can’t hope to live in their image, because whatever it is will be replaced tomorrow. (…) “
”(…)The painting ‘Beyonce Is New Black Madonna’ is the centrepiece of a pentagram installation, that has echoes of Russian constructivism as well as creating a shrine-like impact. Is there a darker meaning to the pentagram?
In European culture and Christian-based society, I read the pentagram as a symbol of anti-religion. But it can also be also read as a new religion – the birth of new beliefs through the negation of an old one.
So with that work I built up almost an altar-like installation with an oil painting of celebrity in an iconic pose. She’s a goddess for many. She’s an icon. The title says the rest. (..)”