EYE CANDY

An Illustrated (and Very Disturbing) Guide to Contemporary American Culture

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Andy Warhol’s work is suddenly all over New York, thanks to a massive new retrospective at the Whitney Museum, and another wave of declarations that the artist is, in fact, now more relevant than ever—due in large part to America’s reality-TV star turned president. This connection has not been lost on the artist Eric Yahnker. His new exhibition, “Factory Reset,” is both a nod to Warhol’s celebrity haven and a clarion call to reset American culture, the current state of which Yahnker describes as “mind-bending surreality come to life”—at least, “through the cracked lens of a 40-something, Jewish, West Coast progressive artist and political satirist.” His works, on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, are even more meme-like and uncomfortable than usual. His portrait of Ivanka Trump catching up on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment—more specifically, the CliffNotes version—is titled “Foreign Objects,” while his baby-faced take on Mark Zuckerberg, topped off with a blond helmet of hair, has been christened “Zump.” Take a closer look at each pop-culture puzzle, featuring the likes of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and a Jeff Koons balloon dog, here.

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Eric Yahnker, Foreign Concepts, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Makaveli of Freedom, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Kompromat n’ Chill, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Koons Hunt, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Friends & Amigos, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Factory Reset, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Study for a Future Study, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Foxtronaut, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Christine of Arc, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Zump, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Infinity, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Blue Collars, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Spidermen, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.

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Eric Yahnker, Shut Up & Dribble You Must Not, 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. Featured in the exhibition “Factory Reset,” on view at the Hole, in New York, through December 23, 2018.