Super Future Kid

The psychedelic dreamworld of Super Future Kid epitomises millennial nostalgia through her trippy contemporary pop art.

Super Future Kid projects her wild imagination into painting, sculpture and installation. Her work combines technicolour hues, with animation-like imagery, and surreal compositions that play with depth and perception. The textures in her paintings are smooth and glossy, often evoking a digital rendering despite being created by hand with spray paint and acrylic.

Highlights
  • Artist in Residence with FRIEZE Art Week, at Hyatt Regency, The Churchill, London, 2013
  • Solo show Seaweed Sunrise at Over the Influence, Hong Kong, 2020
  • Solo booth Two for Me, None for You at SPRING/BREAK Art Show with Mindy Solomon Gallery, 2020
  • Solo show Smells Like Teenage Armpit at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, 2019
  • Group show Lady Parts at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, 2020
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Wonkey Kong (2018) by @superfuturekid. Courtesy of artist.
Galactic Soda Pop
Super Future Kid, Galactic Soda Pop, 2019.

Her sculptures have a DIY aesthetic where colourful personified forms, made with concrete and papier-mâché, are stacked into poles like a series of in-real-life emojis. Born in East Berlin during communism, the artist attests her love of candy-coated aesthetics to the excitement of encountering western consumerism for the first time after the Berlin Wall came down. This nostalgia for childhood in the 80s and 90s is imbued throughout the works in an abundance of pop-culture references pulled from across gaming, music, the early internet, and iconic children’s toys.

SEAWEED SUNRISE
Installation view from Seaweed Sunrise at Over The Influence, Hong Kong, 2020.

Figuration is at the core of Super Future Kid’s practice. In contrast to the wacky, fantasy-world she creates, the figures also capture the normalcy of human experience through their casual poses and relatable pastimes.

“I think none of what I make would exist if it weren't for 'digital culture.’”

Goldilocks (2018) depicts a muscly, pink woman in a neon green bikini lifting a large weight barbell. Behind her is a mauve sky, decorated with fluffy, lilac clouds, and three slightly droopy flowers growing at her feet. The painting is immediately funny and endearing. Made up of scribbly mark-marking reminiscent of a child’s drawing on Microsoft Paint, as well as riffing off its fairytale title, the work reimagines archetypes of female strength in a way that is both ordinary and absurd. 

goldilocks
Super Future Kid, Goldilocks, 2018.
God Is A Lady
God Is A Lady (2019) by @superfuturekid. Courtesy of the artist.

The physical and virtual merge in Super Future Kid’s work. This is, no doubt, the result of being a millennial: the last generation to know the world before and after the internet. Whether it’s the dawn of MSN and MySpace, or the martian-like beep of dial-up internet connection, the work of Super Future Kid takes us back to when the internet was an event, rather than a sixth essential organ. However, while the work recalls the past, it also repurposes motifs from popular culture today. Thus, Super Future Kid resists any particular notion of then and now, material and digital, and instead, she amalgamates them all into a separate universe that gives space to fun, play and imagination.

“I'm trying to balance forces that simultaneously collide and repel one another, like something that is equally savage and silent, roaring and soft, gentle and rugged.”
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