Saturday is the opening of Sebas Velasco's solo show 'Demain c'est Loin' at SC Gallery in Bilbao, Spain. " In this exhibition, Velasco presents a series of paintings showing reflections about the world, the real underworld, discontent and uncertain future in these times of crisis and economic recession. So he paints in the city or its outskirts people and settings affected by a capitalist way of using territory and resources. His paintings tell stories about those who live “in the periphery” and about lonely, empty or derelict establishments. Hence the despair and the everyday struggle referenced in the exhibition’s title: “Tomorrow is far away”, inspired by the well-known song by French hip-hop band IAM."
Saturday is the opening of an amazing collaborative exhibition of new works by Robert Proch and Chazme (collaborative painting above) at Galleri Kirk in Aalborg, Denmark. Entitled 'Brutalismopolis Chronicles' the two artists chose to "put light on the large problems Europe is facing right now." In their words they tell us: "The way that internal economics and immigration are addressed is a serious integrity test facing the continent. All the while, the media presents us to the problems in high quality pictures of real casualties to everyone – while in the old days the news was passed on in newspapers, radio or low quality pictures. When the last loud incident blew in Paris, just a few days before we had the chance to celebrate in Warsaw for Independence day the 11th of November. In the city there was a huge demonstration of Nationalists, who conveniently labelled themselves patriots. This is all a giant echo from the past and some of the darkest chapters in history. The Anti-Islamic mood that is promoted creates the perfect conditions for xenophobia to flourish, frustrated people standing at the forefront of the movement. This is all despite the fact that the Polish are no strangers to emigration, as over two million people have emigrated from Poland. But when it comes to opening the gate for these few thousands that need help now, everyone wants to ‘protect this healthy land from disease.’ The most alarming fact is that current moods are just a repetition of darkest chapters of the world’s history. And we’re supposed to be the most self-conscious generation ever. Information is relayed quicker than ever before. But we need to use it well."
Water World is a new solo exhibition by Fintan Magee which will open this Friday at Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood, Australia featuring a collection of 13 new paintings alongside an installation. "Since the 2011 Brisbane floods, which razed large areas of Fintan’s home town, Fintan has been focused on exploring the human cost of environmental issues and disasters, [which] expanded to include his observations on the lives of people living in poverty, of refugees and the effects of climate change." Water World is the "culmination of these experiences" he has seen through his travels.
Following last years Aqua Regalia exhibition by Faith47 in London, the second chapter will open next Thursday at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, which will "explore the dichotomy between the sacred and the mundane by enveloping viewers in a space with figurative paintings, as well as intricacies from everyday life in shrine-like artworks." "Aqua regalia or ‘royal water’ is the alchemical name for a highly corrosive mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid that has the ability to dissolve one of the most enshrined substances – gold. This transformative chemistry forms a symbolic reference to [Faith47's] artistic process of restoring value to that which has been lost and overlooked." More info can be found on her site here.
Tomorrow is the opening of Natalia Rak's solo exhibition "Butterfly Effect" at Montana Gallery in Barcelona, Spain. As with her outdoor work this new series of paintings are incredibly vibrant and saturated with outrageous colors, all "a reflection of magical realistic worlds, full of humor and mysteries." These "vivid and refined details of her works provoke in the viewer a sense of regression to childhood." For more info on the opening head on over to the event invite here.