Underdogs Gallery is proud to present “Under / Over Achiever” a solo exhibition by AkaCorleone in Lisbon, Portugal.
In his return to Underdogs, after his first solo exhibition at the gallery in 2014, AkaCorleone presents a patently personal reflection with narrative contours where he explores the interior efforts that orient and characterise his creative process. The body of work presented here, based on the fundamental concepts of opposition and duality, materialises an honest view on the way the artist manages his methodologies as well as the results that either fall short of or exceed his expectations, illustrating a whole array of stimuli and pressures, objectives and obstacles, certainties and insecurities, aspirations and anxieties, inspiration and creative block, that accompany him in his artistic practice.
Confronting and using these tensions as a base material for a dialectic constructive process, this authorial catharsis gains form in a set of typologies arranged according to the mediums that give them shape. The duality of contrasts that runs through these pieces and their accompanying titles is synthesised in the eloquent juxtaposition of opposing realities that enliven the distinctive language through which the artist has been creating a unique visual universe replete with chromatic dialogues and symbolic referents – such as typographic elements, cosmic motifs, iconographic pictograms, narrative panels, and geometric patterns –, accompanied here and there by dynamic characters that establish a confessional complicity with the viewer.
The body of work presented in this exhibition was created within the scope of the Underdogs Artist Residency Programme that took place during May and June 2016.