"it’s the latest exhibition by the local artist Karin Bubas, who has captured the principals of “The Hills” in chalk pastels, and whose show “With Friends Like These…” is on display at the Charles H. Scott Gallery through Sept. 13.
In her current work, Bubas reverses the Warhol lens; trite villains and petty heroes of the Western Seaboard become, in her work, more nuanced and more subtle than the MTV network could ever realize. Chalk pastels are the soft focus of the art world — the Lifetime channel on paper — and for the characters of the notoriously high-definition, supersaturated “The Hills,” the medium is humanizing. Gone are the pools, the bougainvillea and Mercedes-Benz cabriolet. The characters are quarantined on a lonely beige background like G-rated Egon Schieles. But they aren’t islands in their grief. Blended into their pastel tears are our own — for we are all real and vulnerable, even reality stars. In other words: never send to know for whom “The Hills” tolls; it tolls for thee."
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