Pitchfork   The Dissolve   Festivals: Chicago | Paris
Photo by: Laurent Impeduglia | Master of the dunjeon

There's a lot of chaos in Laurent Impeduglia's paintings. Each canvas is charmingly covered corner to corner with compacted images: houses on pillars, messiahs on mountains, and evil-looking castles all standing shoulder to shoulder. And that's just from "What Did God Do For You Today." In his work, the weather isn't just bad, it's terrible. If it's not a lighting storm, it's a biblical intervention.

Impeduglia seems to mock the idea of idolatry. He has a series of paintings of huge memorial statues built on isolated mountains that bear the artist's own name, and another in which he illustrates numbered black tables covered with various idols.

Impeduglia's images depict moments of action in post-apocalyptic (or at least post-logic) cities. Sometimes he scrawls cryptic messages as titles like "Master of the Dunjeon" or "This Is Pop Shit" at the top or directly in the center of his paintings. The titles read like another element of the spontaneity in his style. We get the feeling his process includes an improvised composition, taking cues from one form to the next, rather than executing a detailed plan.