PHYLUM by Spanish artist, The RAF
16 JUN - 31 JUL 2010
‘Phylum’, the debut exhibition by Bangkok based Spanish artist, The RAF, was on on display at
EAT ME RESTAURANT from June 16 – July 31, 2010.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, 40-year old Rafael Andres studied Fine Art at the University of Barcelona and has over two decades experience working as a graphic designer. Having spent the last five years working in Asia, Phylum presents a fantastical series of 30 monochromatic bestial prints evoking the pioneering 19th century British naturalist Charles Darwin.
With whimsical names such as The Horny Housewife (Prostibula Domestica), The I-Bug (Coleioptera Sonica), The Creeping Brand Shadow (Brandula Luxuriensis), and The Clampburger (Burgivoris Horribilis), The Raf has created a modern surrealist menagerie of imaginatively constructed organisms.
Incorporating real and bogus mythologies and urban legends, The Raf’s twisted genus of critters and parasites are born from a self-absorbed society preoccupied by a myriad of contemporary indulgencies that include physical presentation and enhancement, luxury goods, internet pornography, recreational drugs, and virtual connectivity.
Accompanied by hilarious taxonomical classifications and textual descriptions, Phylum presents a witty perspective upon the values and concerns of a society struggling to govern its own biological determiners. Against a backdrop of SARS, Mad Cow Disease, Bird and Swine Flu, the artist’s Frankenstein-like mutant creatures are a wicked parody of the trends, symptoms, and pitfalls, of an increasingly techno-consumer driven world.