Super Future Kid's work is a post-ironic ode to cartoons, plastic toys, and the saccharine. She uses play in her wacky, jubilant, high chroma paintings as a metaphor for adult problem solving. "There often is this very basic idea behind toys to emulate life by creating simple, fun, and happy versions of [things] that have serious and complex counterparts in the world of adults." Her paintings are full of silly nonsense and give viewers a chance to engage with their own childlike senses of wonder and play.
In Add me on Myspace (2019) we see a cartoony portrait of a lavender faced, pink haired girl with faces for eyes. It's a nostalgic reflection on the social media platform that peaked over a decade ago. Myspace gave most millennials their first taste of virtual friend-groups, which we began to see as a reflection of ourselves, an early harbinger of personal branding. To have faces for eyes is to see the world through others' perspectives. The heads on which the painting rests establishes a distinction or hierarchy between the real and virtual, much in the way Myspace friends are sorted into a hierarchy of the "Top 8."
Sexy Saxman (2018) is a goofy and unabashed ode to the saxophone. In it we see a rubbery dude with holes for eyes reared back and blowing mightily into his golden instrument. Between the sexy saxman's legs is a confused looking dog which can be seen as a foil to the human-ness of music. There may be some irony here, like in its namesake's prank videos, but that's not entirely the point. Pushing past the irony, we can begin to appreciate the sultry sax vibes of George Michael's “Careless Whisper.”
Spruce Nauman (2019) is an obvious pun on an artist once profiled in the New York Times as a ‘Complex Cowboy’— Bruce Nauman, of course. Here we see a clownish cowboy wearing pastel rainbow rain boots with a hand on his trippily elongated pink haired horse. As an art-historical reference it is more parody than tribute, riffing on a canonical contemporary white dude artist. But the sullen expression of the cowboy and the tears in his eyes allow us to contemplate and possibly even reconsider the Complex Cowboy.
Super Future Kid is busy showing work this summer. She was just in the group show ‘It Only Counts if You Take a Big Piece’ at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami. Her work is in ‘Post Digital Pop',’ curated by Mark Chalmers and Sasha Bogojev at The Garage, Amsterdam, by appointment through June 15. This August will mark a trip to the Seattle Art Fair with Mindy Solomon Gallery as well as a Summer Show at Gallery Poulsen. Follow along on Instagram to see what’s next! @superfuturekid