JOHAN BARRIOS | INERCIA (INTERTIA)
It is with great pleasure we're now able to welcome Johan Barrios to Denmark for the first time with a large solo show.
Barrios' career started at the Academy of fine arts in Medellin, Columbia. His success later on led him to the United States, where he is based in Houston today.
As a generel character Barrios has a unique ability to express powerful human emotions in a stroke, a color palette and a composition, with a fineness and sensitivity that can be difficult to describe. A tenderness that hits so strongly it can be hard to stay on your feet in meeting them.
Besides the incredible technique in his work and the unique ability to make us feel when studying his mysterious absorbing paintings and drawings, he has been touted as one of the most significant young visual artists of today.
"I believe that my work, in recent years, has had a profound interest in the subject matter that does not have any type of modification and that also resists voluntary movement. Based on this concept, I have grouped a collection of works that are presented under the title of “Inercia” (inertia). I think that during the process, each of these pieces presents a sculptural sensation in which the bodies are used as inanimate objects coupled unconsciously by their own weight. There is always a visible interaction manifesting between the subjects, objects in their presence, and the space they have found themselves in. The conversation that takes place becomes intriguing and surreal. My current project presented at Kirk Gallery, “Inertia”, consists of six large paintings, each a moment in time of an accidental relationship."
- Johan Barrios
REMUS GRECU | THE TASTE OF HEAVEN
At the same time, we get the chance of a reunion with another powerful hyper-realistic painter. A new solo exhibition with Romanian-born, London-educated and the Stockholm resident Remus Grecu (born in 1974). Once again he shows us his superior technique in a surrealistic dream world, with the constant uncertainly of not knowing where the dramas take place in this world or another.
Remus Grecu’s paintings pose more questions than answers, their objective being chiefly to prise open the doors of the imagination.
Or as the artist describes it himself:
The mystery is the most important factor in a piece of art. Art is in the depth of the sea, far above the infinite skies and in the things that lives us with the feeling of being burned or drained out. In these places or within these feelings, and together with hinted symbols of daily personal/social/cultural/political or religious matters, art can exist. There is what my art is about.
If you can see through the fog of mystery and inside the dark and yet lighted forest of another soul, there you might have the key for another world. Or as Kierkegaard would say, you will be equally happy and unhappy knowing where you are in the world I create.
We are looking very much forward to seeing all of you.