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‘Asylum’ tells the story of a clown imprisoned within an insane asylum. He wears a deranged grin on his face and his arms are strapped down and confined within a straight jacket. The tiny window in his cell seems to emit a ghostly light that frames the subject and brings up stark contrasting shadows all around him. The piece is entirely black and white and is composed within a comic style with smooth finishes and solid blocks of color.
‘Asylum’ draws in the emotions of the viewer as one doesn’t know whether to feel pity for the clown, or just a removed bemusement at his fate. It calls to mind questions as to just what crimes the clown might have committed before being confined to this tiny cell. It is not a new theme as previous pop culture films such as ‘Batman’ feature a main character that is both comically appealing and frightening at the same time which is of course ‘The Joker.’ Although the theme of the mad clown is not original, the artist has portrayed it in an original way with the use of his unique comic style.
The clown wears a padlock around his neck, an almost extreme symbol of complete bondage. He may very well be a symbolic figure himself and could represent the imprisonment of a society’s pathos and humor. His jail cell an encasement of what is represented by the clown. Regardless of the hidden meaning, the piece has a very powerful effect on the viewer due to its use of plural tonalities of black and white. It is a dynamic piece of artwork whose finished comic style will remain a classic in any art collector’s gallery.