Michelle Guintu’s “Obsession” Is a Colorful, Childlike Homage to Nostalgia
San Francisco-based artist Michelle Guintu has an obsession with the ’90s. So it’s no surprise her appropriately titled exhibition at New Image Art Gallery simply plays off her low brow nostalgia-tinged aesthetic. Her work is often described as “kindercore,” which means part kindergarten and part hardcore. True, there’s something childlike about Guintu’s work, but her tendency to make her art look innocent is an obvious nod to her childhood, one that was full of the icons she still idolizes. In a time where ’90s nostalgia has been elevated beyond levels of obnoxiousness, Guintu manages to add something to the “90s nostalgia” wagon that’s refreshingly original. If that’s not something to obsess over, we don’t know what it is.