Kolly Gallery participates at SCOPE Basel Art Show
After 18 years of existence, SCOPE Basel Art Show deepens its ties with the Street Art and New Contemporary genres, partnering with Berlin’s acclaimed Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art.
With its longtime focus on Street Art, SCOPE is known as the foremost incubator of this genre and consistently lends its support to emerging artists in the field. Understanding the pivotal role that public space plays in a local community, SCOPE provides a global platform to these artists who are driving the cultural conversation.
„Your own mythology, the urban legend that you associated with your name, you wrote it, you painted it.“ - John ‚JonOne‘ Perello, 2014.
Kolly Gallery is honored to present John ‚JonOne‘ Perello’s unique, multifaceted and expressive paintings at SCOPE Basel Art Show from June 12 to June 17, 2018.
The works presented in the exhibition show the artist’s energetic, cryptic and polychrome canvases. Multiple layers and thick brushstrokes adorn his large-sized and explosive paintings. Profoundly rooted in the graffiti scene of the 1980ies he made excellent use of his obsession with tagging. What might appear as abstract lines, cryptic shapes or intentional drips of paint to the viewer, actually represent his own tag ‚JONONE‘. The regularity of repeating his tag over and over again, is not monotonous, in contrary, it is divers, complex and rich. Eventually the writing develops into an abstract pattern within the beauty of infinity.
Looking back at art history many artist made writing a part of their concept, like Lawrence Weiner or Cy Twombly. But the artist that John ‚JonOne‘ Perello is mostly compared to is Jackson Pollock.
We cordially invite you to visit us at the SCOPE Basel Art (A25) Show from June 12 - 17, 2018.