Over the Influence is excited to announce Super Future Kid’s Southeast Asian debut at the Bangkok gallery space. Aptly titled Boss Fight the new series of paintings and sculptures celebrates human endurance in the face of adversity and the power to overcome challenges. The exhibition is on view at Over the Influence Bangkok from 7 September to 13 November 2023.
Super Future Kid was born in East Germany in 1981 where she spent the first 8 years of her life completely unaware of the western world. The cultural shock that followed the fall of the Berlin wall left a great impression on her and played an important role in her love for bold colors, toys and everything joyful and playful. Employing bold shapes and colors her work explores a wide range of subjects that all circulate around certain ideas of childhood and youth and provides a platform which is emotionally engaging and gives the observer an opportunity to discover an alternate dreamlike reality of themselves.
The artworks in Boss Fight are a visual collection that centres around the fact that everyday life can seem like a struggle— such as a larger than life matrix stimulation where there are challenges to be defeated in order to progress to the next stage in human development. Sometimes these challenges are not self-evident, and yet individuals continue to persevere and push onwards. Every aggressor can be beaten just as long as their weakness is discovered and the protagonist ready for battle and to win. Mindset over outside forces it is said.
In contrast with the emotional and mental pressure that can exist when real life can become overbearing, the works in this exhibition spills forth into rainbow-hued colours and animated happy characters who are ethereal and spectral beings. Their bodies represent the intangible essence of these individuals’ souls, for it is the soul that propels them into their worlds where the sheer enthusiasm of their wins is represented by their thick flowing hair, joyful gaiety in their actions, and positive expressions that communicate they know that at the end of the day they will achieve their successes no matter what obstacles life may throw their way. This absolute trust in their power of manifestation is the fuel that galvanizes the knowledge that they will succeed at all cost.
Boss Fight is testimony to human optimism and the artist wants to convey this hopeful message that everyone can punch and kick their way, metaphorically and literally, through their struggles and become the hero of their own life story. With tenacity and having faith in themselves, the characters depicted in this new series of artworks are embracing the Law of Attraction— “Whatever the struggle is, you need to punch and kick your way through it”, says the artist. “When life gives you lemons, squeeze them like a boss!”