Planka paints clusters of floating televisions and toys and weapons and medical stuff. It's a kind of random yard sale mix of ordinary and odd and Americana, done in a charismatic, realistic, antiqued style. For example, Unabridged, Unaccountable, Unabated, Unctuous, and Unfaithful Usurper depicts an old GI Joe or Ken doll, the Statue of Liberty's torch, a computer, a tank, missiles, and guns. His F series offers separate renderings of Michael Jackson, a TV, a two-headed cow, Bob's Big Boy, a bomb, and Jesus, each inscribed with the word "fucked." Planka might be critiquing or simply reflecting American stuff — war, religion, consumerism? — but there's an arbitrariness and absurdity to his groupings that stymies meaning and feeling from cohering.

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