Arcadio has created a new batch of paintings for the show, in which he crushes The Walking Dead, Darth Vader, and even Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy into shape. “It’s just a matter of time until we all fall in line and shape up” says Ray, who has morphed many familiar icons such as pop stars, cartoons characters and politicians in his quest to get everyone “In Shape.”
Arcadio’s “In Shape” series is inspired by the happy face, primitive art and corporate logos. The idea behind the series is to force a subject’s most identifiable characteristic into the template of a universal shape (circle or rectangle), giving them a childlike and comical effect that allude to consumerism, conformity and self-image. The series is composed of paintings, drawings and sculptural reliefs that serve as visual puns about our constant need to get “In Shape” and “Fit in,” physically and/or psychologically, within our society.
Arcadio’s work is also on display in his solo show at Gia Gelatos and Café in Jersey City, which will be up until Dec. 3. To learn more, visit his website at www.RayArcadio.com