britney is a gum blonde

portraits made of GUM!!! yap, all gum, every inch of it.

 

toronto artist jason kronenwald is on exhibit at le.gallery in toronto... check it out for yourself it's super fun, there's even a stack of gum for visiters to chew and donate for future pieces!

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each "gum blonde" is 100% chewed bubblegum on a plywood backing. no paint or dye is used. the colour is inherent to the gum-the mixing of the colour takes place inside the mouth during chewing using an endless variety of companies. kronenwald has a dedicated team of chewers (kids from a local karate centre, i hear) and prefers the texture of Trident. however, he does not chew gum himself unless he must.

 

here is his official artist statement, but i think jason just likes to play with blobs of sticky things. and blondes of course :)

 

"Today’s omnipresent media unapologetically emphasizes style over substance. Youth, fortune, fame and excess come before wisdom, integrity, talent, and the truth. The media depicts the celebrities of today as modern day gods and goddesses to be worshipped and emulated.

 

As an artist, I feel a need to honour these lip-synching, boob-enhancing idols in an appropriate manner. The qualities of chewing gum make it a fitting material to use – sticky, sweet, consumed by kids, cheap, readily available, artificial, over-packaged, gimmicky, salivated over, chewed up and spit out. Essentially, gum is produced to be thrown away. In my Gum Blondes series, the message is the medium. My portraits put the focus on the artificiality, plasticity and disposability of both the medium and the subject."

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jason kronenwald's site here: www.gumblondes.com

 

le. gallery's site here: www.le-gallery.ca

  • Dave Gray 9y

    no WAY! really?
  • wacky doodler 9y

    yes WAY! i thought it was pretty wacky, too :)
  • Pouchkinette 9y

    It's very impressive! When I saw the thumbnail I wondered which of my contacts had gone crazy. Wacky, of course. ;)
  • celso_nyc 9y

    suh-weet. really.
  • Rachael Ashe 9y

    The first thing I thought when I saw the thumbnail was, "Why does Min have BRITNEY SPEARS in her photo stream!?!?"

    I wonder how the artist came up with this idea.
  • wacky doodler 9y

    pouch: oops i did it again... im quite sane now tho, darn.

    celso: opens up all these doors for weird n fun media eh...

    rachael: i think he was very bored at college. but hmm, im bored too but i cant seem to think of anything genius to do. may be the years of gum chewing got to his brain.
  • HabitForming 9y

    edible art is cool!
  • Pete Beck 9y

    when i saw these icons in the GSOS pool i thought, what the heck are these doing here? but they're perfect! i love it.
  • JINMO 9y

    Amazing!!!
  • ·S 9y

    that is made with bubbleegummmmmm :|

    amazingggg
  • Kevin Steele 9y

    I heard about these, but now I’ve seen them, thanks to you. They are what they are.
  • MyEyeSees 9y

    Great art, especially after she is being criticized for being so tacky as to chew gum while being interviewed.

    Wrote about it here: Those OtherMothers and gave you a plug for this piece!

    Motherpie Cheers!
  • Denise La France 7y

    This is really a great painting. You're talented! WAIT a minute: GUM??!!?
    Seriously? How did you achieve such colors with GUM? BLACK and RED? and Fleshtone? Now, even if you add color, that's gotta be a great risk to ones digestion to injest such material...the dye alone...no? Well, whatever medium you used, this is just phenomenal and I am impressed. Beautiful piece!
  • Denise La France 7y

    PS Does the intensity of the color not FADE after chewing? Is dye not added? However you achieved this--it's remarkable and highly original. Reminds me of some great "paintings" I'd seen in the 70's all created from various colors and textures of DRYER LINT. You're a maverick and your subject matter goes well with the medium!^^
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