“Always Shameless” Art Exhibit by Eugenio Merino

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Always Shameless presents new work by Spanish artist Eugenio Merino. The name of the show riffs on the 1993 Coca Cola slogan “Always,” and the sculptures objectify infamous politicians from around the world. The central pieces stuff the heads or bodies of characters such as Francisco Franco, George Bush, and Vladimir Putin inside of Coca Cola coolers. Evocative of pop culture and of funeral imagery, the sculptures suggest that corporate waste is an appropriate coffin for a politician. “Always Shameless” has proved to be quite provocative, and Merino has gone to court twice to defend his representation of Franco.  Insofar, the artist has won out, but his legal problems are a telling reminder that freedom of expression cannot be taken for granted. See the exhibit for yourself this week at UNIX Gallery in New York.

Images courtesy of Unix Gallery and Eugenio Merino

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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