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Madrid Coverage – Henrik Haven

A few weeks ago our man Henrik travelled to Madrid, Spain, here’s the first part of his coverage from the trip.

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The pieces were created for the “Mind the Wall” project in conjunction with their duo exhibition ‘Atlántico’, which is currently on view at Swinton & Grant Gallery (who also organized the wall).

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Phil Frost solo show @ Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid

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Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid is currently showing a first European solo show by legendary New York-based painter Phil Frost. Intuitive Mathematics is an overview of most recent works constructed with his instantly recognizable aesthetics, and it refers to his creative process which is described as “intuitive perceptive portraiture”.

The layers of over saturated colors, flowing lines, and finally most recognizable, white mask-like shapes, are all key elements of his work. By multiplying these over and over again, using different techniques and mediums, Frost is creating eclectic patterns that spread over different surfaces, immune to physical or formal limitations. From papers or canvas to vintage suitcases, helmets, record sleeves, baseball bats and even plane bombs, his intuitive portraiture takes over any shapes or forms. This peculiar technique that evolved from his unique typography earned him a reputation of a leading contemporary artist even Frost had no formal artistic education. The complexity of his visual language allows each of his works to be seen as a compact art piece, but also, it gives the observer a chance to dissected it into infinite smaller, separate sections and images.
The show will stay on view all the way until 4th of February, so make sure you examine these complex works in person while visiting the Spanish capital.

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Galeria Javier Lopez opening Phil Frost’s “Intuitive Mathematics”

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New York-based artist Phil Frost is opening his upcoming solo show with Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid on 26th of November 2014. Being his first solo show with the gallery, as well as first in Europe, we’re very excited to see the works that legendary artist created for this event.

Frost became famous for his street installations around NYC back in 90s. He would find a perfect location, take measures of the place, and than carefully create work in his studio before placing and leaving them in public. Usually painting on panels this is where he shaped up his recognizable imagery that he’s been famous for. Though flat and intuitive at first, his complex works have a lot of depth he achieves with layering numerous coats of paint with his iconic forms and imagery. Mixing different mediums, different techniques and ways of applying and manipulating paint, his visual language consists of unique typography as well as repetitive mask-like shapes that float over bright colored background. “Intuitive Mathematics” will stay on view until 4th of February.

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Kuremba, Kureba, Kwiga – Mural Project Invite

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The Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga initiative is about Creating, Seeing, and Learning, with the idea of creating a platform that works with the arts to inspire social change. They are extending the invite to all to join them by creating a mural, or other work of visual art, inspired by a theme of ‘Positive Living’ to help share positive-living messages world-wide.

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Sean Morris – Return to Doom Lagoon

Australian artist Sean Morris is over in Europe this week to open his new solo show at Watdafac Gallery in Madrid on Thursday 18th April.

“Return To Doom Lagoon” is a show of new prints, sketches and murals by Morris. It’s a continuation of the character-based strangeness that he has has gained a reputation for – this time we are introduced to the girls of ‘Doom Lagoon’ and their colourful, mildly satanic adventures in bikinis and jean shorts.

Like previous collections of Morris’ work, the narrative of the show is formed by a kind of social thought experiment, speculation on the outcomes of forcing people into extreme and isolated social situations. In the case of “Return To Doom Lagoon”, those outcomes involve amphibian sacrifice, tropical fruit worship and drinking cocktails out of human skulls.

The exhibition will double as a launch of a book, also titled “Return To Doom Lagoon” published by Watdafac and featuring the print work from the show.

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