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ANYTHING

July 23 - Aug 23, 2022

Arol

 

Caelis Galeria恪理很荣幸将于7月23日至8月23日,呈现阿根廷当代超现实主义艺术家阿罗尔Arol(b.1974)个展「Anything 空无一物」。 艺术家Arol平面设计的学习和工作经历、以及从九十年代开始的对电脑绘画的兴趣,使得他可以发展出一种独特的绘画视觉语言。在这种语言中,Arol悬置了绘画空间中的背景和景深,使通常作为绘画对象的人物独自静置或悬浮在“舞台”前景,显得沉默又不安。

在此次展览中,Arol将带来九件新作。不限于Arol所惯常使用的标志性面具,这组作品的画面具有更强的剧场性。通过设置宇宙或沙漠,艺术家设定了一个封闭的情境。在这个超现实的封闭情境中,绘画人物在其中遭遇着一种情绪或事件。超现实的形体被创造出来,日常生活的物作为象征符号在被拼贴后也获得一种超现实的张力。通过在作品标题中使用“任一”一词,宇宙或沙漠得以被泛化为个体内心世界和现实世界的双重隐喻,而观看者也得以将自我投射到绘画人物或情绪之中。

Arol通常采用细腻的笔触,在色彩上偏爱温和暗哑的色调。作品的材质多为木板上油画,但对这一传统绘画技术的采用却与艺术家早期电脑制图和纸上微喷的创作经验紧密相关:这些绘画技术允许图层和覆盖,因而使得艺术家的早期作品和新作品能够呈现出相似的面貌。尖锐与圆钝的视觉线索同样贯穿了艺术家的不同时期的创作主线,然而伴随着艺术家向景观、人形与物态综合运用的转变,画面情绪亦脱离了单体形象细微的表情暗示,进而强化由多元素引力而构成的甜蜜与破坏的双重舞台。

Caelis Galeria is pleased to present the exhibition “Anything” by contemporary symbolic surrealism artist Arol (b. 1974) from July 23th to August 23th. Driven by his experiences in graphic design and advertising industry, as well as his interest in digital art since the 90’s, Arol develops a unique visual language of painting. He tends to deconstruct the background and the depth of the painting, which leads his characters to stay alone on the stage he created in the silent and restless tone.

In this new series of paintings, Arol emphasizes a sense of theatricality. Through creating a void universe or deserted deserts, the artist sets up a series of surrealistic closed situations. Arol’s iconic figures are more or less experiencing some kind of feelings or events inside such closed situations. Surrealistic figures take shape. Everyday objects are given symbolic meanings and are juxtaposed to form a tension. By repeating “any” in work titles, Arol transforms the universe or the desert to a dual metaphor for the inner world and the real world, allowing viewers to project themselves into the iconic figures and their emotions.

Arol works with subtle brushstrokes and shows a preference for mild, dark tones in color. He paints oils on wood, while the application of the traditional painting technique is closely related to Arol’s early experience with digital drawings and giclée on cotton papers. These painting techniques share the methods of applying layers, which allows the earlier and latest works of the artist rendering in similar textures. The visual clues of sharpness and roundness also run through artist’s major practice in various periods. However, along with the artist’s shift to the integrated use of landscape, human and objects, the mood of his works has also moved away from the subtle expressions implied by the individual, turning to intensify the dual stage of sweetness and destruction constituted by the gravitational force of multiple elements.