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This black square with glitter is, according to Marc Bijl, the glam rock version of Malevich’s suprematist square. Bijl is the master of the quote and reference. He regularly quotes other painters such as Rothko, Mondrian, Robert Indiana, and uses internationally known symbols such as the peace sign. He does this to address myths and undermine positions of power, but also to enable new interpretations. This time around Bijl applies that strategy to the work of Malevich, producing the glam rock version. That double reference is clever. The significance of Malevich’s work, like that of glam rock icons like David Bowie and Elton John, is so great that you cannot ignore it, taking up so much space that it becomes a cliché.
(Gallery: Upstream Gallery)