extended until 22.07. | #0577ARTatBerlin | Magic Beans is pleased to present Power Flower from the 18th of June 2016:
a group show featuring Abetz & Drescher, Claudia Chaseling, Winston Chmielinski, Neal Fox, Jenna Gribbon, Maxine Puorro, and Xevi Sola. Composed of vivid drawings, paintings and sculptures, these seven artists’ works reflect the multitude of colors and sentiment that emanates from the psychedelic realm.
All of the artists question expectations of illusion and representation. They use varying kinds of imagery appropriated from popular culture and abstract interpretations of nature, used as a symbolic vocabulary to express a mystical, ephemeral and kaleidoscopic viewpoint.
Taking its name from “Flower Power”, a slogan used in the 1960’s and 1970’s as a symbol of passive resistance, this exhibition reverses this term, subverting its meaning. Abetz & Drescher’s painting is a self-contained fantastical world that resonates with the rhythm of a musical score. Claudia Chaseling’s large scale paintings and sculptures beam with bright colors and abstract shapes while questioning spatial understanding and environmental conditions. Winston Chmielinski uses source images that he culls from the Internet and what emerges are gestural paintings that celebrate mass information, showing the viewer that cohesive dialogues are possible through disparate elements.
Neal Fox’s drawings can be interpreted as the poet Allen Ginsberg having a mystical vision in his 1948 Harlem apartment, hearing the voice of William Blake and becoming one with the universe. Jenna Gribbon’s painting feels like a dream interrupted, where images are archetypes and meanings are infinite.
Maxine Puorro uses ordinary materials, such as cardboard and paper, elevating them to create an enchanted sculptural installation, a protrusion of floral overgrowth that illuminates and interrupts the gallery space. While Xevi Sola creates whimsical portraits that challenge our notion of the idealized subject.
In Power Flower, each artist uses their works to reveal a mystic truth. They show us that the space
between the known and the surreal might be the most tenuous yet thrilling reality.
Vernissage: Friday, 17th June 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 18th June to Friday, 15th July 2016 – extended until 22nd July 2016!
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Image caption: via Magic Beans Gallery – Flyer
Exhibition Power Flower – Magic Beans Gallery – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin