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Matthew Quick’s series of ‘Accidental Empires’ takes traditional statues of historical figures and juxtaposes them with the addition of other items.
This includes oil paintings like the ‘Object of Beauty,’ which features a statue of a classical Greek woman wearing a few items that make her recognizable as a Playboy Bunny. In comparison to the classical Greek beauty, the Playboy accessories are a representation of how some symbols become so ingrained in a culture that it’s easy to forget how silly they can be when you step back and look at them from a distance.
Another poignant piece from the series includes an Elizabethan collar around the neck of a Chinese lion, representative of China being neutered over the last century.