It is hard to argue the fact that any one culture had a greater impact on the cultural growth of our generation that the Swedes. Yes. The Swedes (who, it may be worth noting, are indeed different from the Swiss. And are not Danish).
Their House Mafia defined out house music. Their fish led to a generation of Pescatarians. And their Klippan loveseats, Kallax shelves, and Poäng chairs of our studio apartments established our first taste of design aesthetic. Let’s also not forget the Swedish Volleyball team that circulated the internet in the mid-2000s. And so, it is only fitting to turn to the Swedish artist David Stenbeck to redefine our generation’s idea of pop art.
Stenbeck, known to his followers on Instagram as @Dovneon, creates in-your-face pieces of graphic design that cannot be ignored; he presents a mixture of neon, 3-D elements, and anything but subtle underlying message conveying his point of view on consumerism.
While I am reluctant to call myself a bona fide art critic, and despite my label of “pop art” and the above description, there is still a certain timeless element to his work (just as, one might say, there is to Ikea’s Malm bedframe). These works of art make as much sense lining the walls of Tony Montana’s Miami beach mansion as they would (and this would be far more personally preferable) as the centerpiece in my bland condo.
But check it out for yourself…you definitely won’t find this Swede’s work hanging in Ikea.
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