“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most,” John Ruskin famously proclaimed in the 19th century. Our attraction to colour is innate and influences us every day, in a myriad of contexts. In our technology-centric world today, the possibilities of colour are great than ever. At a special exhibition at Urban Nation, Berlin, curated by StreetArtNews and JUSTKIDS , the arcane effects of colours in the contemporary urban environment are explored through the work of 10 internationally renowned artists.
Whether in large-scale murals in urban environments around the world, or on smaller scale pieces on paper and canvas, the ten featured artists—hailing from around the globe—converge to investigate the specific way a high-octane acolour palette can produce an intense visual experience. In some of the works—shown for the first time in Berlin—this emerges from the interactions between colours and their tensions and contrasts; while other works inquire into the expressive qualities of colours in the context of visual culture today.
From figurative forms to more abstract treatments, each artist offers their own interpretation of bright colours. For artists including Askew, Tristan Eaton, Bicicleta Sem Freio, as well as Okuda San Miguel and Fafi, the figurative portrait is reimagined as a psychotropic mix of patterns and 80s comic-book hues, where lines are deconstructed and progressively dissolved by a spectrum of the most vivid colour and abstract forms.
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If you are in Berlin, the show will be opening this Saturday June 11th from 7 to 10PM at Urban Nation on Bülowstrasse 97 in Berlin.