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ARTISTS ' STUDIO Student Loan Pineapple Chunks (2015) Marker on paper by : NGUYEN , Nathan Unabashedly influenced by Andy Warhol’s soup can series, the artist chose to scale down the colour profile to be black and white. Andy Warhol, as an openly gay man, served as an influence on the artist by inspiring both a bold confident persona and a prolific body of pop art works. A can of pineapple chunks has been chosen because of the artist’s fruit tastes. He was likely also inspired by the 1994 Wong Kar-wai film Chungking Express, where canned pineapple served as a prominent motif as a metaphor for a failed romantic relationship. The artist purchased canned pineapple during times of economic strain as an undergraduate student. The affordability of the canned pineapple is reflected in the relatively eager supplies used to create the work. IT Magazine / April Issue 28