The work of Sean Landers has long examined the relationship between artists and their own work, including the adventures of the character Plankboy. In a recent show at Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, he shared new paintings featuring Plankboy, many taking on mythological narratives. Landers was last featured on our site here.

The gallery offers more insight into Plankboy: “In the series of four paintings depicting a figure made out of wood, Landers has quite literally devised a character out of the materials which support his canvas while painting. The simple and functional design of Landers’ easel can be found in the figure he calls ‘Plankboy.’ Made of wood planks, hinges and nuts, bolts and screws, ‘Plankboy’ is defined by the fact that he does not quite fit into the world in which he exists. Making his first appearance twenty years ago in a body of work signifying Landers’ renewed interest in Rene Magritte’s 1947-48 ‘La Période Vache,’ Plankboy has been making periodic appearances in the work and has become a visual touchstone for the artist, as if to say, “this is where I am now.”

Find more work on the artist’s site.



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