Friday Artfest: Rec Room by Jamian Juliano-Villani
Rec Room by Jamina Juliano-Villani
I love this painting by Jamian Juliano-Villani. It just strikes me as an amazing piece of work.
In the window we can see the surreal sunset of a world that holds nothing for the two women. It's bleak and lifeless in spite of the brilliant red sun that dominates the horizon and even the clouds hold no motion. Yet when we move into the room everything seems to have some power to it. The curtains, with their weird pattern seem to flow and the jukebox is almost audible as it spins its latest album. Then there are the rooms behind the women. Behind the black woman is a room that seems cool and collected; while the half naked woman in the foreground has a room in vibrant color, as though life were too much for her.
Indeed, as we look at the two women we can see the rooms they stand before reflected in them. The black woman on the right has a cool and calculating look to her that seems to say what the fuck is wrong with you bitch. Her compatirot has none of that power in her posture or even in her attitude. Her hair is disheveled and she couldn't even be bothered to put underwear on to speak with the black woman. She doesn't even have the proud look of her black counter part and has taken on a more bestial appearance - like a worn out jackass that has reached the end of its willingness to comply with life's demands.