Following the successful exhibition held last year in Italy, Juxtapoz magazine's contributing editor, writer, and curator, Sasha Bogojev, has teamed up with The Garage gallery in Amsterdam for the 2nd edition of this showcase that will open on November 1st, 2019. Revolving around the idea of presenting the works of artists whose creative practice relies on building their own casts of characters, settings, and events, Universes 2 will be featuring 13 international artists.
Having figuration as the connecting point between their works, the images are derived from a wide range of sources such as photography, popular culture, cartoons, comics or manga, surrealism, classic portraiture, and even abstraction. Active in the most dynamic and stimulating time of the history, they are exploring these inputs through a variety of aesthetics ranging from polished pop-art depictions all the way to expressive, gesture-based depictions. The result of such a vigorous work environment creates a vibrant selection of trailblazing images that both celebrate traditional painting as a technique and experiment with the whimsicality of the modern world. Regularly imbued with some level of humor, the pieces in the show are often referencing to the issues of contemporary society or personal matter through the use of quirky imagery and unconventional concepts. On a technical and contextual level, such works are profoundly challenging the viewer who is both seduced by familiar elements and perplexed by the overall scene.
The artists included in the showcase are setting a new course for contemporary figuration while navigating the art world using traditional tools and techniques such as oil, charcoal, pencil, airbrush, watercolor, or tempera. Discovering new exciting ways to use and intertwine these, they are proposing inspiring concepts based on traditional legacy while backed with the previously unseen, present-day influences. The collection of smaller and medium-size paintings and drawings selected for Universes 2 will be constructing a thrilling presentation of boundary-pushing work that is likely to influence the coming trends in figurative art.
Participating artists are Anna Park, Pedro Pedro, Jonny Green, Kirsten Deirup, So Youn Lee, Baldur Helgason, Ralf Kokke, Maxwell Mcmaster, Trey Abdella, Gosha Levochkin, Elliot Dodd, Jur De Vries, and Royal Jarmon.