Are You Overwhelmed by Mass Culture?


Michael Peck‘s paintings look like scenes from an old movie. His work is “a constructed blend of nostalgic imagery from the 1950s, an age of innocence, blended with the sense of foreboding darkness that we tolerate as the condition of our post 9-11 contemporary society.” [1]

Notes about the artist (from Peck’s website):

Michael Peck’s artistic practice is concerned with the sensation of disorientation and dislocation that is often felt within the post modern world. Exploring issues regarding the loss of cultural identity, his work particularly focuses on the effects within minority groups and individuals existing on the fringe who are challenged to assimilate within the larger community.

The scenes in Michael’s paintings are quiet, the participants are paused as they stand withdrawn, juxtaposed against a dynamic population; they are overwhelmed by mass-culture; one which has been composed from the interaction, assimilation and constant change of subcultures. His work looks at the place of the individual within a pluralistic society where a constant shift of values and beliefs leaves a great uncertainty of belonging.

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1. Warren, Dr. Julian. "Metro Gallery - 13 May - 7 June 2009." Retrieved on September 19th, 2011.

Artwork © Michael Peck

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September 20, 2011 Art Black & White Painting