Arthur Huang

Arthur Huang

Arthur Huang’s prints are emboldened with the self-referential nature of the iconic images of 1960s Pop Art, and infused with the attitude of today’s street art. Arthur addresses contemporary society’s preoccupation with branding by announcing himself with easily recognizable images of today, such as the “Smiley Face,” the dollar sign, and the cent sign. The benignly happy face becomes suddenly potentially menacing as the viewer notices the currency images comprising the eyes, which seem to reveal a masked agenda with a wink.With the title “Happy Spendings,” the face seems to wave the viewer off with an upbeat yet ambiguously malevolent message – as if the face is blithely aware of the journey of buying and selling which the viewer (namely, the collector purchasing the work) is about to embark on. As a reflection on the personal yet commercial enterprise of acquisition, Arthur’s prints speak to the collector in all of us.

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