Jason Polan
Life-Sized King Kong

 2018, 150 notes per inch, New Zealand wool, 100 x 85 inches, edition of 20 + 2 APs

2018, 150 notes per inch, New Zealand wool, 100 x 85 inches, edition of 20 + 2 APs

BravinLee editions is very pleased to announce the completion of King Kong its first rug project with Jason Polan.  Conceived and created by American filmmaker Merian C. Cooper, King Kong, is a metaphor for racism, slavery and colonialism and run amok capitalism.  It is also a warning of sorts to not mess with mother-nature, a dystopian view of the exploitative cluelessness of western civilization   Strangely, it was one of Adolph Hitler's favorite movies.   

Jason Polan (born 1982 in Franklin, Michigan) is an American artist who currently lives and works in New York, NY. Polan's illustrations have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, and Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, among others.

Other examples of recent projects include: the Every Piece Of Art in The Museum Of Modern Art Book, a comic book for Jack Spade,the Millard Fillmore $13 Bill (printed by Fritz Swanson at the Manchester Press), and the "Every Person in New York" project. 

Jason Polan is also the founder of Taco Bell Drawing Club.

Jason wrote the following statement about Life-Size King Kong: 
"I initially made this as a little drawing in my sketchbook during a Taco Bell Drawing Club.  Then I decided I wanted to make King Kong "life size."  I thought the idea of making a full size version of something that wasn't even real in the first place was kind of fun, but also I, like a lot of us, like to think King Kong is real.  I measured the proportions of the face to when he was holding Fay Wray and made it (in proportion to her height) as close as I could to the size I thought he was.  I made it as a pencil drawing and it took up a large portion of a big wall.  I also made a t-shirt (literally one) and silkscreen print of the drawing because I like King Kong a lot.  I thought if it was a rug it might make it a more successful piece than the other iterations -- you can feel the texture of King Kong's fur.  I also like the idea of people in New York hanging this on their wall, turning the rug into a big window, with King Kong looking in." 

 

 

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BravinLee editions is a proud member of GoodWeave.  The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child labor was used in the making of a carpet.  http://www.goodweave.org/about/child_labor_free_rugs

New York Times, Jason Polan Sketches A City In Perpetual Motion  

Jason Polan Instagram account