The exhibition will present not only paintings which are typical to Pasta’s foundation and themes, but in addition unique objects that were created especially for the spaces of the gallery. The expected solo show comes two years after his successful exhibition Last Day in Paradise at The Mánes Exhibition Hall in Prague. Now even deeper he intertwines the principals of the high and low, that which is euphoric and ordinary and also heavenly and earthly.
"I understand Art Is Truth as a statement of the fact that art can take the often unpleasant reality we tend to close our eyes to and present it in a different light and form that make it more palatable for us. The viewer can gain a great deal through art,” says Pasta about his exhibition on which a large light cube titled Mandala is featured and constructed from twenty-five different examples of Christian and Muslim practices. “I enjoy watching the thin line between religious faith and the world. The term “wordly” in the narrower sense refers to someone who stands in front of a temple and does not enter, however which does not deny his belief,” says Pasta, adding that the main point of view for choosing his subjects are not only from the world of pop culture but also life as such and in particular the contrasts it brings.
In this respect attention is also drawn to the figural ensemble in which innovative layers interweave actual members of mafia with fictional characters. Visitors will find the “real” Pablo Escobar and also film character Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino. “In the multimedia era, we are overwhelmed by images, and we stop differentiating what is real. We admire negative heroes and cheer them on in movies, however, we do not realize that we are doing the same in real life. Gangsters, too, seek social recognition and sometimes popularity,” comments Pasta Oner about his latest work combining the palm motif as a symbol of universal peace and luxury.
On the exhibition Art Is Truth, Pasta Oner continues to develop the central theme of his work, which is ironizing the commercial world and the fascination of contemporary society with luxury, wealth, faith and sex. Pasta reworks these subjects with emphasis also in the way he perceives them. However, as curator Karel Srp points out, it is not solely for effect, its content goes much deeper. „Pasta Oner is attracted to surface, not only as content that reflects an important feature of today’s world but also as substance accumulating within the paintings in various ways such as transparent film, shiny plastic or crumpled polythene, dripping glaze, translucent glass or the ubiquitous drapery which could not be captured with acrylic paint. In order to capture an almost invisible mask on sources taken from older art, he opted for oil painting.“ he writes in the curatorial text to the exhibition and catalogue which will come out in November 2017.
„The gallery has been following Pasta Oner for many years now, also working with him in the past. This exhibition is the highlight of our co-operation. It is different and exhilirating at the same time! This is one of the exhibitions that will be talked about for a long time,“ says Petr Šec, co-founder of the gallery.
Who is Pasta Oner
Pasta Oner is one of the most prominent representatives of the Czech contemporary art scene. As a creative personality, Pasta Oner has intensively profiled in recent years within the framework of typical independent and public art galleries, where he combines and also surpasses the classical genres of pop art and cartoon aesthetics. Despite that at the core of his work, he touches on the principles of „post-production“, Pasta Oner separates his work from current dominant streams of post-conceptual strategies of fine art. The heart of his work is acrylic painting and the design of wall-hung art as well as spatial objects, sculptures, installations and murals, i.e. large-format paintings in the public space.