There is an artist for every era, and for us, it is fnnch, a San Francisco street artist who has captured the heart and soul of our time with a collection of paintings titled, appropriately, 9 Cans of LaCroix.
In what he told the Washington Post was a “pretty direct homage” to Andy Warhol, the paintings (there are nine of them) capture nine different LaCroix cans from the same angle, on canvases that match the size of Warhol’s 32 soup cans. “I’m trying to just put my finger on the cultural zeitgeist,” fnnch told the paper. “It’s the soup cans for millennials.” It was also, you’ll recall, recent inspiration for a pretty solid slow jam.
The works debuted last weekend at a two-day show at the underground San Francisco art space the SUB, and apparently it was all very meta, with fans of art and carbonation “taking photos of other guests taking selfies in front of the LaCroix can paintings while drinking their own cans of LaCroix.” You can’t do that with soup! (You don’t want to do that with soup.)
Unfortunately for more avant-garde LaCroix consumers, fnnch — a LaCroix originalist — stuck to the brand’s nine earliest offerings: “pure,” coconut, berry, lime, orange, peach pear, lemon, cran-raspberry, and pamplemousse.
There will be a final viewing of the LaCroixes on August 18, and while the original set is spoken for, die-hard fans of fnnch and/or fizz can commission their own for $500 in the flavor of their choice. Per the Post, four people have already placed orders and seven more have “expressed interest.” In art, as in life, people mostly want pamplemousse, though based on can aesthetics alone, fnnch told Eater, he himself prefers coconut.