For months, we at AFC have been talking amongst ourselves about Kevin Yuen Kit Lo’s fantastic essay The Propaganda of Pantone: Colour and Subcultural Sublimation. Lo meticulously dissects Pantone’s appropriation of internet subculture aesthetics, wherein the company strips the popular color schemes of #seapunk, vaporwave, and the latest batch of social-media-influenced cyberfeminism of their political context and reduces them to signifiers of trendiness.
So when I stumbled upon this Young Offenders post about LA artist Blake Kathryn, which describes her work as “cyber-vaporwave-noventeras-3D”, I was excited to share it. Beyond these GIFs, Kathryn’s still 3D renders present idealized visions of art-historical femininity, which give the impression that things are a little too perfect. They’re beautiful but a little off—mashing-up classical sculpture, net art, consumerism, and even the ubiquitous philodendron.