Up close and Personal
Angeliki Kim Jonsson
echnology, home, in-person and virtually, postponed and cancelation, are all terms that have become increasingly familiar to us, some have even found a new meaning or association at least.
During the times of a continued Global Pandemic, we find ourselves in between the macro and the micro.
All of the artists featured in this show are examining the figure: from the lonely wolf woman, to boy becoming man, the relationship between Siamese twins, distorted self-portraits to the very most intimate version of the figure, namely the nude. There is an extraordinary array of material and topics for inspiration and references, from history and mythology, to contemporary life, experiences and personal stories, all imbedded within these art works. In a versatile and dynamic use of different avenues each and single one of these artists are ultimately unfolding their very own storytelling, inviting us in to come up close and personal with them.
Angeliki Kim Jonsson
My paintings hold a heavy and erratic texture, this is usually created from layers and layers of paintings before the final one, this allows for beautiful mistakes which often lead to something I can use and replicate in other works to continue a theme across my work."
In a time where digitization plays an ever-increasing role in our life as the primary vehicle of communication and knowledge sharing, the work of Alexander James plays with the intricacies, porosity and ambiguities of the concept of personal identity in today’s world.
Sophie Vallance Cantor
Sophie Vallance’s practice as a painter is an intense examination of moving through life, a conversation with herself. Encounters from her everyday are re-imagined on her large square canvases, half reality, half fantasy, rich with naive symbolism. At once cocky and anxious, whimsical and tense.
Figurative surrealism is Taku’s visual language and is incorporated with his love of textiles. Born in 1986 and trained at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design alongside Kwesi Botchway and Otis Quaicoe, his work reflects his love of textiles and his commitment to capturing black bodies in the abstract.
Alicia Reyes Mc Namara
Reyes McNamara adresses issues of displacement. She aims to challenge incomplete identities constructed by two-dimensional ideas of Latino culture. It plays with absurdity, and at times vulgarity, in the projected images found within the media’s exaggerated caricatures and telenovela kitsch.
I use the body as a way to explore the psychological landscape of modern society and the struggles of masculine identity. In an attempt to make sense of my own life and the world around me, I use both personal and collective memory to test the boundaries between safety and chaos, pain and pleasure."
Nichols Kosh Kosh
N icholas began writing graffiti on the streets and has been developing his style ever-since. Upon moving to Moscow his appearance prevented him from finding a job, so he began making tattoos for a living. Now, he occupies a studio in the historical district, to work and contemplate.
Iosilzon constructs different realities from everyday scenes to dive into psychological and emotional nature of social behaviour. Painting directly on translucent silk, the image is at once revealed and concealed, transparent but detached, courting the parasitic viewer but frustrating ultimate consummation.
Victoria Vincenzina Nunley
I think of my paintings as letters to my past self— whether it’s me from ten years ago or me from two months ago.
I investigate the complicated, often contradictory emotions surrounding us a What are the coping mechanisms we employ? How do we assess and reassess self-worth? "
Acosta’s painting is expressive, visceral, and with solid impastos. It focus on the contemporary world and society combined with the classical statements of art history.
His works explore our relationship with technology and the borders between virtual and real.
Paula Turmina’s work explores mythology and magic realism in order to speculate new perspectives of the future. Taking inspiration from 16th century colonial prints to digital visions of the future, she creates a non-linear narrative that involves the absurdism and distortion of an endangered planet.
Angeliki Kim Jonsson is the founder of DYNAMISK Independent Curating and Art advisory. Angeliki works as an Independent Curator and Art Advisor on a multitude of curatorial and art advisory projects, to studio visits, art talks, workshops and art tours. Angeliki also runs Give Me A Break: Dynamisk "In Conversation with.." an ever growing series of vibrant and unique conversations with pioneering individuals from the Art world. In addition to being a Future Contemporaries member at the Serpentine galleries as part of a new generation of philanthropists. Angeliki is currently co-writing her first book.
-Your art in 3 words ?
-Polemic with tradition
Nicholas Kosh Kosh
"In a practice so permeated with symbolism, historical, original, contemporary, banal, my strongest ally is the emblem of the cat. Just as mysterious as the act of painting itself she is the manifestation of my vulnerability and a manifesto for my empowerment."
Sophie Vallance Cantor
"I look a lot at cartoons, usually from the last decade or around the 1930s. I think a lot about how this language allows for a lot of transformation, how form can bend to serve the both the space and narrative." Victoria Vincenzina Nunley
"I recently finished Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, and he has such devastatingly beautiful way with words:
“You once told me that the human eye is god's loneliest creation. How so much of the world passes through the pupil and still it holds nothing. The eye, alone in its socket, doesn't even know there's another one, just like it, an inch away, just as hungry, as empty."
Alicia Reyes McNamara
"I love that explosion of art, but sometimes is hard to me to digest because I'm still not a machine yet. Getting into a fixed idea works against the global digital system. "