The Hybrids of Paul Paiement

There's something gleefully unsettling about Paul Paiement's "Hybrid" paintings. They seem innocent enough, a straightforward pop-art treatment of entomological portraits spliced with consumer products. But Paiement's works lack any sort of easy symmetry, and as the eye is pulled back and forth picking out the details, paint tubes get snuck into pronotums, and mp3 players play Mullerian mimicry with coccinellids. Oversized half-tone patterns bleed over the images, recalling acid-blotter art. Moreover, what appear at first to be digital photo-collages are in fact egg tempuras, acrylics, and photogravures, all in service to enjoyable visual and entomological puns and humor, right down to their scientifically-named paintings.
Paul Paiement, Coccinella Mpthreeus, 2007

Paul Paiement, Coccinella Mpthreeus, 2007

 
Paul Paiement, Plinthocoelium Nosehair, 2009

Paul Paiement, Plinthocoelium Nosehair, 2009

Paul Paiement,  Hypsopygia Oceanea, 2009

Paul Paiement, Hypsopygia Oceanea, 2009

Paul Paiement, Callicore Videocamerae, 2008

Paul Paiement, Callicore Videocamerae, 2008

Paul Paiement, Chrysochroa Raja Flashdriveus, 2005

Paul Paiement, Chrysochroa Raja Flashdriveus, 2005

Paul Paiement, Chrysina Smartcarius (installation at Marx & Zavattero Gallery), 2009

Paul Paiement, Chrysina Smartcarius (installation at Marx & Zavattero Gallery), 2009

Though a great many of them are collected in book form, Here's hoping his works turn up in a gallery again soon. I would love to see these up close!
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One Response to The Hybrids of Paul Paiement

  1. swarm says:

    Also, I want a USB Beetle. For reals.

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