Jennifer Catron & Paul Outlaw: Euszay and Etishay
As showcased previously in Allegra LaViola Gallery's Imeday Imeday Ollarday Icklenay, a lavish and otherworldly dinner party extravaganza, Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw pose as king and queen in this contemporary art photo that reminds you of the saying 'Eat, Drink, and be Merry... for tomorrow we die.." (Ecclesiastes viii. 15 and Isaiah xxii. 13). Garbed in shimmering gold, this duo have instantly brought back to life the very concept of a neo-Babylonian empire – in their own interpretation.
Inspired by Rembrant's Belshazzar's Feast, I'd say the style is an exact opposite of the ugliness captured by the master painter's brushes in an oil on canvas painting where the king and queen of Babylon sat together' surrounded by banqueters who are caught in amazement. This digital photograph surely did capture awe from its viewers' no doubt. But the colors used were much livelier than the 16th century baroque painting. I can only guess that whatever inspired these contemporary artists to become the subjects of their own works' it must be a longing for the good old days where people are living an almost Dionysian life.
Or on the other hand…it could be just me but I also get a surreal vibe in this photo of royal heavy metal … black and white spandex and all.
No doubt' photographs are meant to capture the essence of reality' but this work proved otherwise; it captured a sense of unreality' somewhere between dream and fantasy.
The Genius Behind the Obra:
Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw both took their Masters in Fine Arts from Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills' MI. Jennifer Catron earned her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the Southeast Missouri State University and Paul Outlaw earned his Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the University of Alabama. The duo has been working for two years' combining art with food and live performances. Their recent "Jen n Outlaw's Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil" has been featured by Art Fag City' The New York Times' Time Out New York and Grub Street. They are currently represented by Allegra LaViola Gallery.