Clemens Behr, Elian, Eltono, Felipe Pantone, Mina Hamada, Okuda San Miguel, Sixe Paredes
28 October 2016 – 25 January 2017
Underdogs Art Store EVENT
“Geometry” presents a fine selection of limited-edition prints by a group of leading urban-inspired contemporary artists playing with geometric-based elements in their work. Juxtaposing an array of unique visual languages the exhibition seeks to highlight similarities and contrasts, exploring the artists' use of geometric motifs, patterns, structures, and shapes in the construction of approaches of an abstract, concrete or even figurative nature that express their creative relationship with the world around them.
28 October 5pm-9pm
Music curatorship: DJ Glue
Guest: DJ Madruga
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We're happy to announce the release of these fresh new editions by renowned artists Elian and Okuda San Miguel on the occasion of the exhibition “Geometry” at Underdogs Art Store.
Across the Periphery
Edition of /30 + 5 AP
Four-layer screen print on paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
Fabriano 200 g/m2 paper
60 × 50 cm
Multi rainbow Flags
Okuda San Miguel
Edition of /50 + AP
Nine-layer screen print on paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
Fabriano 285 g/m2 paper
60 × 60 cm
Clemens Behr (1985) is a German graphic designer and artist with a background in graffiti, who makes use of inexpensive, discarded materials to create complex, ephemeral architectural structures based on geometric forms that reflect elements from the surrounding environment. His deconstructionist, visually-provoking installations and pieces create a new geometric (dis)order that subtly challenges the balance and meaning of things, establishing a type of warped harmony amid the chaos of the urban space.
A native of Córdoba, Argentina, artist Elian Chali (1988) began painting graffiti at age 15 and eventually transitioned from letter-based works to a more abstract visual language. Rooted in abstraction and geometry, his works are characterised by the close dialogue they engender with the environment they are created, from architecture to climate and the current socio-cultural situation. Resorting regularly to primary colours and geometric elements, Elian works mainly with the city and in the city, but has also explored various other media and subjects. He recently began playing with perspective and anamorphic large-scale compositions. Besides working in public spaces, his work has been exhibited in both solo and group shows in many countries around the world.
French artist Eltono (1975) lived and worked in Madrid between 1999 and 2010, then in Beijing for four years and is now living in southern France. Having started out as a graffiti writer, he began creating abstract symbols with tape and acrylic paint in 1999, which became the basis of his current artistic practice. Eltono has been using the public space as medium, studio and source of inspiration. His sensitivity to what is happening around him and his knowledge of the nature of the street – its whims and its unpredictability – are his main tools when generating works. He has worked in the streets of over ninety cities and has shown his works in many world-renowned galleries and museums, including the Tate Modern, Somerset House, Fundació Miró, and the Artium Museum.
Felipe Pantone (b. 1986), is an Argentinian-born contemporary and graffiti artist who grew up in Spain. Active in the fields of kinetic art, installations, graffiti and design, his style is characterised by the use of bold colours, geometric patterns and Op art elements. Straddling conventional graffiti, typography and abstraction, his work fuses bold elements of graphic design with highly-evolved geometric shapes to create an ultra-modern aesthetic which complements and reacts to the stark modernity of our cityscapes. Besides painting walls, he has been showcasing his work in galleries and institutions around the world since 2006.
Mina Hamada (1981) was born in the United States, grew up in Japan and, since 2009, has been living in Barcelona where she engaged with the city's dynamic street art scene and teamed up with Argentinian artist Zosen, with whom she has been collaborating frequently. Spanning various mediums – from delicate works on paper and canvas, to large-scale murals and sculptural installations –, her art is characterised by abstract and organic shapes in soft, warm colours that interact harmoniously on a monochrome background. Her paintings and drawings are fresh and friendly, personal and sensitive and invite us into the artist's unconscious – a dream world combining East and West, youthful spirit and profound philosophy.
Okuda San Miguel
Okuda (1980) is the name under which Spanish artist Oscar San Miguel Erice has been operating since he first began painting in the streets in 1997. His work has since evolved into an authorial visual language based on the use of multicoloured geometric patterns, organic forms, anthropomorphic figures and grey anonymous bodies, which come to life in the form of large-scale murals, installations, paintings and sculptures that offer views on crucial subjects such as existentialism, the universe, the meaning of life and the false freedom of capitalism, highlighting the contradictions between modernity and our roots.
Formerly known as Sixeart, contemporary Spanish artist Sixe Paredes (1975) started scrawling his name on the walls of his native Barcelona in the late 1980s and gained international recognition twenty years later when he painted the façade of London's Tate Modern for the landmark exhibition Street Art (2008). Incorporating signs that lead the viewer into his imaginary world inspired by the urban landscape, the city's melancholy and the romanticism for the world that's been left behind, Sixe's approach is full of bright, bold bursts of colour and geometric patterns which represent the primordial cultures. Influenced and inspired by folk art and art brut, but reinterpreting it for a modern generation, Sixe has named this approach as “ancestral futurism”. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in various galleries and institutions around the world.