‘Masterpieces Prophecies’ (2016; acryl on canvas; 3,0 by 1,5 meters) shows a number of masterpieces of art history prophesying our careless attitude towards the natural world.
We see Michelangelo’s God. God is not creating Adam, but Andy Warhols Cambell’s chicken soup can. Because of statements as “making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art”, Boxem uses Warhol and his can as the personification of capitalism and mass consumption. His art represents the first generation to prioritize making money, mass production and economical growth above craftsmanship, nature and men itself. At this point we knowingly start to disadvantage our planet, while being fully aware of the consequences. This results in Eschers gecko’s representing the plastic soup and Alexis Rockmans melting ice caps. Like Rockmans ‘Manifest Destiny’, Boxem uses jellyfish, but combines them with plastig bags. The fact that some jellyfish (Turritopsis Nutricula) are immortal, is a metaphore for plastic being nearly imperishable as well. production taking over craftsmanship tells a paralel story of mankind increasingly losing her bond with the matter, nature and with the concept of bonding itself.