Urban Spree Galerie presents « Tyger Tyger« , the first solo show in Europe of the L.A. based visual artist Jonni Cheatwood.
URBAN SPREE STUDIO, JUNE 2019
The American artist spent a month at Urban Spree in Berlin as an Artist-in-Residence to create 12 large format artworks that will be exhibited in the galerie from July 5th, 2019 to August 4th, 2019.
Jonni Cheatwood incorporates found fabrics into his canvases, which he himself cuts and saws, in order to create variations and move away from the uniform surface of the canvas. Some fabrics have geometric patterns whereas some others are figurative. The Residency enabled Jonni to source local fabrics, found in the Turkish market or in the street. Once the patchwork is assembled, Cheatwood paints blocks of colors on it, adding multiple layers of paint and agglomerating texture, freely outlining the shapes to convey dynamism and balance.
Jonni Cheatwood is an abstract painter whose work is about balance, shape and color and who can be related to the « Figuration narrative » movement. Here, Roy Lichtenstein makes an appearance in most canvases of the series as a reference and a cultural bridge as some fabrics sourced in Berlin include some embroidered stories derived from the American painter.
Jonni’s work is also close to the post-graffiti movement as we can also view his color shapes and black outlines as deconstructed graffiti.
Overall, his work is very dynamic, balanced and superbly colorful.
« Tyger Tyger »
Solo Show at Urban Spree Galerie
Opening: Friday, July 5th, 2019 from 19:00
Exhibition from 05.07 to 04.08
Tu-Su: 12:00 – 19:00
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