until 25.11. | #1671ARTatBerlin | Open Walls Gallery presents from 9th November 2017 the exhibition “In Absentia” by the artist Vermibus.
Reflecting upon contemporary dystopia, Vermibus created a new body of work contemplating the artificial nature of reality on multiple levels. Through exploration of some of the most prominent aspects of consumerism, he built a recognizable oeuvre deliberating various imposed standards, culminating with his new project entitled “IN ABSENTIA”.
Creating twenty-one solvent based pieces individually, Vermibus conjured up a series of work, crowned with an atmospheric video piece. “IN ABSENTIA” video is an autonomous work of art that focuses only on the actual truth, diverting from the documentary nature of the previous short films the artist had made. It is a brooding illustrative tale about urban life, cleared of every and any distraction, including people, alluding to a plethora of issues the citizens face daily, from visual pollution towards loneliness.
Having more than 1.520 billion passengers, the Parisian subway system served as the prime inspiration and the setting for the project. As the second busiest metro network in Europe, it is also the one with more than an average advertising pollution in comparison to other such systems in the world. All of the posters were first installed and the video was shot on the scene, inside the Metropolitan subway of Paris.
The artist sets parallels with the human psyche and inspires meditation on outer and inner problems the people encounter simply by living in the post-truth society, presenting advertising as the ultimate manifestation of constructed, fake reality.
By completing a complex and extensive creative process of creation and installation of his pieces followed by the production of the video, Vermibus dares to ask one of the most daring questions – what is real? Knowing that the answer cannot be easy to attain and face, he leaves us no choice and forces us to look either around or within ourselves.
Presented in the form of 21 solvent-based poster works and a special video projection, “IN ABSENTIA” exhibition will be presented to the public this November at the OPEN WALLS Gallery.
Vernissage: Thursday, 9th November 2017, 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Thursday, 9th November to Saturday, 25th November 2017Zur Open Walls Gallery
Project: In Absentia
Photographer: Thomas von Wittich
Title (Left): De Barro y silencio
Year Artwork (Left): 2017
Title (Right): Los caminos del viento
Year Artwork (Right): 2017
Technique: Digital reproduction (Unnumbered & Unsigned)
Size of the reproductions: 59 x 84 cm
Exhibition: Vermibus – In Absentia – Open Walls Gallery | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin