‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ is a 3 colour Screen Print by contemporary artist Kristian Jones. Printed onto 280gsm Somerset Antique Velvet Paper, the piece is from a limited edition of 50 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Contemporary artist Kristian Jones explores human interaction with the modern world, through his esoteric print-work. Employing an illustrative style, Jones’ work creates an uneasy balance between childish innocence and twisted surreality, to probe the problems of contemporary society, while crafting a distinctive and striking aesthetic. ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ depicts a family, seated around a table at mealtime in sickly-sweet 1950s style.
On the surface, the line drawing presents an idealised situation (even a ‘home sweet home’ sign hangs in the background) but a closer look reveals that each characters' face is melting, as it gazes at a tablet (arch-symbol of the modern world!), which emits a bright red beam of light into the dripping visages. Reflexive, self-aware and highly pertinent, ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ uses familiar aesthetic convention to reveal the deep societal problems of twenty-first century living: a truly powerful piece of contemporary print-work.