Life was once simpler. Between Sesame Street and Back to the Future, young people had a steady stream of quality content to carry them from childhood to adolescence. These days, however, children’s entertainment - squished onto Youtube - is virtually unrecognisable.
In ‘Big Bird goes back to the Sesame Street future’, Philippe Le Miere transports us back in time. He imagines Big Bird colliding with Marty McFly in a mish-mash that is nostalgic, playful and fresh. The work revels in the iconic, while paying pop art homage to the Street that raised us.
‘Big Bird…’ is especially poignant given the recent passing of Caroll Spinney. Perhaps America’s most famous unknown person, Spinney was the life behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. For over fifty years, he siddled into homes across the world, either a six-foot six-year old or a grumpy, green bin-dweller.
Sesame Street changed the world. It was the first program to employ developmental psychology, the magnetism of television and a diverse cast to reach preschoolers everywhere. It tackled death, politics and identity with a dexterity and warmth that feels absent from today’s visual culture, all while boosting test scores.
‘Big Bird…’ celebrates one of the few, genuinely kind corners of popular culture. For collectors of pop art and contemporary art, the child within or those in need of a trip back to the future, invite this feathered friend back into your living room.
Philippe LE MIERE (1975 - )
'Big Bird goes back to the Sesame Street Future' 2019
acrylic on canvas
Image Size: 122 x 91 cm
Dimensions: 122 x 91 cm
Signed: Signed lower right Le Miere, inscribed verso Philippe Le Miere, title and date
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