MONTORO12 CONTEMPORARY BRUSSELS is proud to present for the first time in Brussels the works of American artists Dmitri Obergfell (1986) and Zach Reini (1990). Through a wild explosion of archeological aesthetics, commercial retail objects, tattoos, pop materials, sculptures and drawings, both artists are questioning the ambiguous relationship between the human desire for immortality and the consciousness that nothing lasts forever.
“The stability of our civilization seems increasingly at risk for a myriad of complex reasons. As a result of the world’s uncertainty, ideologies like nationalism, fascism, and white supremacy are finding an audience again. The culture wars these ideologies have spawned seems to accelerate the destabilization of civil society, potentially changing the world as we know it. These factors make me think of the mortality of our culture, the objects that describe it and what that might represent to the “world-without-us”.” - Dmitri Obergfell
“Reality (our small slice of heaven in the Eternal Pie) in contemporary society exists in a space where a series of “nows,” which manifest themselves within cultural artifacts, are continually remixed to cater best towards what’s in vogue, the market, or an attempt to be one step ahead of trends. The concept of something being timeless, falls into this space as well. It is merely a reflection on one shard of the mirror. It’s a fluid notion who’s longevity is constantly altered by cultural, social, and political advancements.“ - Zach Reini
Dmitri Obergfell (1986, Denver, CO)
Dmitri's work is conceptually driven. He uses various mediums like mold-making, CNC routing, automotive painting, etc. His work engages symbols that have transcended one culture, such as the yin yang. He's interested in varying ideas of universal language and exploring that through the symbols he choose from Greco-Roman forms to automotive iconography. Through this practice of exploring transcendent symbols, he aims to see a larger world that is not bound by conventional time relations. More recently, his work focuses more specific to his personal narrative and region.
Obergfell's work has been exhibited domestically in Denver, Houston, Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles as well as internationally in Italy and the Czech Republic.
Zach Reini (1990, Denver, CO)
Zach has gained notoriety for his paintings and sculptures that use a visual archive of popular and subcultural symbols in constant cycles of appropriation. Reini exploits this open field of imagery with a wry aesthetic to create objects at once familiar to many contexts, yet particular to none.
Reini’s artwork has been exhibited in the US and Europe including solo exhibitions in Miami, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Milan and Denver. His works have been displayed in multiple art fairs including NADA New York and Miami as well as Material, Mexico City, ArtBo, Bogota, and Untitled Miami Beach. Reini has also had a solo institutional exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and was most recently featured in the exhibition Thief Among Thieves at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.
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