'Climate Change Theme Park'
Show in Basel, Switzerland
Kris Krohn’s paintings challenge our idea of of reality. They perform a trick of the mind with images we know but cannot imagine in such extreme juxtapositions. We witness a world spinning out of control.
The series takes the viewer on an American Road Trip. This narrative started 25 years ago with ‘Winnebagos on Parade’ and ‘Rushing to Armageddon.’ These early works portray the typical American family setting out on a vacation to see the great American Landscape and it’s monuments. The winnebago is a metaphor for all of the creature comforts which this family must carry with them. Rather than engaging with nature it is more about keeping it at a distance. There is a virtual reality quality as they roll into the Western Landscape.
Passing through time and space, the trip begins to take on an ominous tone. The wide open spaces become marred by suburban sprawl and oil wells. What had been forests are now smoldering ruins. Debris strewn wetlands are evidence of more severe coastal flooding. But a funny thing happens on the way to the disaster. The family becomes more and more oblivious to their role in creating it. They each focus on their electronic view of what is happening. The teenage son falls into his shooter games of virtual violence. The teenage daughter falls into Pop Culture and its portrayal of beauty and acceptance. The mother wants to be in control but no one listens to her except her dog. The husband senses his male privilege slipping away so he grabs for his gun and bible.
Suddenly airborne by a tornado they enter the world of the ‘Climate Change Theme Park.’ Landing in a raging forest fire the seas rise and they are submerged, about to collide with the Statue of Liberty. Are these disasters man made or just coincidence? Enquiring minds want to know. Is it all a Hoax or just FAKE WEATHER!
When science and rational thought are abandoned, chaos ensues. They didn’t see it coming. They weren't looking, too busy living in Disney Land and ignoring nature. This planet is all we have. We are dangerously close to entering the event horizon of the black hole of extinction. From this there is no return and humans become a speck on the timeline of the universe.
Event Horizon, Oil on Canvas, 96"x64"
SUV Twister, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"
Fake Weather, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"
Lady Liberty Booby Trap, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"
Winnebago Titanic, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"
SUV Twister 2, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"
Transcendental Global Amnesia, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"
Sexting Mt. Rushmore, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"
Saving the Poodle, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"
Bubbles, Gouache on Paper, 22"x30"