Endowed with surreal possibilities and the ostensible depictions of everyday characters, the subjects of Condo’s portraitures provide a satirical commentary on the commercialism and consumerism present within certain aspects of American society in the 21st Century. With interest in depicting regular, seemingly anonymous, working "types", The K-Mart Girl conflates the high and low through Condo’s trademark distortions of the human form within the framework of historical portraitures. The sitter’s grin bares her teeth beneath a bulbous nose, while the exaggerated eyes and ears lend a comedic element to the portrait. The signature red and white stripes of her uniform represent the instantly recognizable K-Mart colors, lending clues to the sitter’s profession and identity. Known for their mass-market goods and emphasis on bargain prices, K-Mart is arguably one of the ultimate examples of American consumerist ethos.
Stylistically, Pablo Picasso’s influence on Condo’s modus operandi is unmistakable and the artist openly pays homage to his Modernist predecessor. The influence of Picasso’s spatial distortions can be seen in Condo’s own investigations into the possibilities of geometrical forms and re-invention of facial features. In the slanting contours of her face and the strangely twisting smile, The K-Mart Girl has an enigmatic presence and provides an indication of the extent to which earlier artistic masterpieces have acted as sources of inspiration for Condo’s work. The result is curious power that superbly encapsulates the elegant mixture of humor and humanity that exists within Condo’s painting. In the artist’s own words, “Picasso painted a violin from four different perspectives at one moment. I do the same with psychological states. Four of them can occur simultaneously. Like glimpsing a bus with one passenger howling over a joke they're hearing down the phone, someone else asleep, someone else crying – I'll put them all in one face” (George Condo, quoted in The Guardian, 10 February 2014).
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