Perfect Lovers, 2018
Addie Wagenknecht

Cosmetic foundation, pigment, hair dye, coloring extracts, nail polish, cologne, prozac on canvas

65 x 100 cm

Courtesy the artist and bitforms, New York

Photo: Jolanda Pfrunder for Reflector Gallery

In Perfect Lovers, made together with a hacked Roomba vacuum, painterly gestures are detached from the artist’s hand and entrusted to the sensor-based movements of contemporary robotics. These automated splatterings contain chemical smears of modern life: make up, cosmetics, and mood-enhancing pharmaceuticals. The painting raises the question of why the physicality of one act should be fetishized when that of another is devalued: the corporeal act of painting as an integral part of the artwork, as opposed to a feminized body’s labor in acts of cleaning and maintenance. 



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