i am so pumped for today's art vs. art post. i'm really drawn to works by both kelly reemstem and keith p. rein. at first glance, these two artist have entirely different styles and aesthetics. but both present women holding dangerous tools or weapons.
kelly reemstem* is a little more subtle in the way she presents her subject matter. women in frothy mid century tea dresses hold everyday tools and household items but there is a distinctly ominous atmosphere. what do they plan to do with their chosen item?
keith p. rein's** figures range from stoic to sexy. i like to think he is empowering them sexually by giving them weapons. women are not as traditionally associated with dangerous guns as men are but here they appear in confident and in charge.
similar subject matter and themes - but which do you prefer and why??
keith p. rein
* here is a wonderful essay about reemsten's work. truly beautiful descriptions!
** warning: clicking through on this link means you will encounter graphic content.