Kool Aid


  • medium Handmade fiber paper, vintage magazines and acrylic on archival paper
  • edition 1
  • size 30.00w x 22.00h in
  • created 2018
SKU: 231100731 Artist: Tags: , , , , , ,

COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.

Additional Info: Adams bridges the gap between graphic design and fine art. His signature works, made of layered materials emblazoned with bold logos, have been shown alongside those of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Collection Note:

Part of Cey Adams’ 2015 series “Trusted Brands,” Kool Aid is one of 20 mixed-media paintings that revisit the imagery of his youth. Featured subjects include immediately recognizable American commercial logos of the 80s and 90s and explore our fascination and hypnotic relationship with brand loyalty. The images, characters, and mascots in these pieces are used as a metaphor to analyze larger questions about the “Celebration” of American culture.

Adams explains “At first glance like pictures in a book or magazine my paintings are very recognizable. Your eyes and brain tell you what you’re seeing is familiar. Feelings of comfort and nostalgia take over. Push in closer and hidden messages are revealed raising questions about our values, consumerism, race, gender, class, and history.”

This piece, like the others in the series, is a collage created in-part from fiber papers sourced from India and Nepal. The work features a broad array of found magazines, newspapers, and art references embedded within the piece. Many of the elements are hand-tinted to create a cohesive color scheme.