Magda Kirk and the “Superself” @ Plan X, Milan

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Plan X, Milan // November 29, 2023 – January 13, 2024

Born in 1990, Magda Kirk is an alumnus of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland, where she honed her artistic vision and graduated in 2015. Her work, deeply rooted in the exploration of body image, offers subjective imprints -ions that delve into the intricacies of identity, self-esteem, and the quest for self-expression. She is also a Juxtapoz favorite. 

Superself is a provocative and insightful examination of how popular culture and its pantheon of modern myths imprint themselves onto the individual psyche. Kirk’s paintings draw from the deep well of media imagery, echoing the profound influence of comic book heroes, mythical deities, and pop culture icons that resonate with thin contemporary society. Kirk’s subjects, depicted as genderless figures, adopt poses reminiscent of the dynamism and vitality of superhero comics. These figures, etched against a backdrop of pop culture iconography, serve as a metaphor for the internal battle between personal identity and the heroic archetypes that pervade our collective consciousness.

With this new series of paintings Kirk’s challenges the observer to reflect on the omni-presence of cultural expectations and the quest for individuality. The figures in her paintings by her, de-void of specific gender, represent a universal canvas, embodying the struggle for self-definition in a world saturated with media-driven ideals. Her work captures the tension between the fantastical elements of the stories we admire and the reality of our own existence.

The artwork, rich with the visual language of tattoos, reflects the indelible mark of pop culture narratives upon our self-conception. These ‘tattoos’—vivid, sprawling, and as personal as they are public—speak to the stories we adopt as our own and the ideals to which we aspire. Just as tattoos mark significant milestones, the pop culture narratives we embrace help to shape our personal identities and inform the way we navigate the world.

With Superself, Kirk not only celebrates the narrative tapestry woven from the threads of shared cultural myths but also emphasizes the human need for stories that amplify our experience to the extraordinary. It’s a powerful reflection on how contemporary humans view their bodies and identities through the distorting lens of societal expectations.

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