American artist Andrew Ondrejcak’s latest film breathes energy into the historic genre of still-life painting, dragging it forward into the age of digital communication. The Minnesota-born creator mixes bowls of fruit and wilting flowers with Japanese soda and those most unavoidable items of modern technology—emojis. “Historically, still life has been the lowliest subject of painting,” explains the New York-based artist and educator, “but I’m moved by the care and devotion to objects that a painter must make—particularly in the Flemish still lives of the 16 Century, in which each object was carefully curated and representative of something beyond itself. I’m also interested in visual pairings of objects; how the spots of a duck egg relate to a decomposing pear, to the craters of the moon, and of how this simple juxtaposition helps me to understand each object in a new way.”

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