Perfectly timed for Halloween, the ever-rising street artist Neck Face’s solo show at Dactyl Foundation, “Closed Casket” opens tomorrow. Curated by Neil Grayson with Jason Dill, the array of framed works along with sculpture should be a deliciously evil exhibition for the spooky holiday.
BBC Collective says he “draws like a very naughty boy”. His violent, bloody, scratchy images are a cross between “heavy metal and bathroom graffiti”. Neck Face has said that he likes “seeing people laugh at my violent pieces, then they look around and wonder if it’s wrong to laugh at it.” Neck Face has been likened to Basquiat, who was famous for his graffiti art in the 1980’s.
As a child in Mexico, the artist’s grandmother collected piles of snuff magazines, which feature photos of the dead. Neck Face read through these magazines, which convey a similar message as his work: death as entertainment. Now with the high demand for his work, he shows us how much we’ll pay to be entertained by a fact of life.
The reactions are mixed, but ultimately his edge comes from the fact that he’s unafraid to push the boundaries in his imagery. A painting shows a woman laying on the ground, with another figure pulling out babies from her, one still attached by an umbilical cord. Five other tiny babies hang from ropes along the top of the piece.