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Eric Yahnker Captures the Absurdity of Pop Culture and Politics In Colored Pencil

Prince still looks fierce in his ruffled shirt and velvet suit, and postures on top of a customized Honda motorcycle, but in addition to smoke and lights, the pop idol is surrounded by two white police officers with their guns drawn. You meticulously map out your exhibitions which you once described to me as Barbie Dream Houses (everything belongs together, but the pieces are sold separately). It centers on the current neo-progressive sociopolitical zeitgeist, and maybe more specifically a group of predominantly white, educated, middle-to-upper-middle-class millennials and gen x-ers caught in a clumsy limbo of wanting to join the battle for sweeping social reform and equality, while desperately trying to shed the stigma of their own perceived privilege and ancestral ties to cringe-worthy conduct.

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