For the Unconventional’s upcoming two-person show “For Better or Worse” offers the work of two artists who have made bold departures from their street art roots: Yesnik and Jaybo Monk. Yesnik, formerly known as Dave Kinsey, takes the shapes, hues, and textures of the natural world and creates new paintings and—for the first time—large-scale sculptural work. Monk is the multi-genre artist whose recent works are composite portraits, comprised of photographed sources, images of sculpture, and other materials.
Berlin-based French artist Jaybo Monk (covered here) creates visual collages where figures and their surroundings become one, a place that he calls “nowhere.” He then mixes unexpected elements into this nonsensical space, an experimentation Jaybo also carries into his sculptural works. “I want to disobey in my paintings; disobey the symmetry, the techniques and the narratives system. I am interested in nonsense, the only space for me where freedom is real. I use tools like chance and mistakes to evaluate my craft. I flirt with the impossible. I need to go to places I`ve never been before.” We visited with Jaybo in his Berlin studio, where he is now working on a new series inspired by immigration.
Berlin based artist Jaybo Monk (previously featured here) is the architect of an abstract world in his paintings. Human figures, which he likens to “cathedrals”, are split apart, masses of muscle and shapes swimming around the canvas that leave us feeling disoriented. Combined, they provide the backdrop for a landscape with no boundaries, a place Monk calls “nowhere”. His current exhibition “Nowhere Is Now Here”, which opened last night at Soze Gallery in Los Angeles, explores this concept of wandering, both literally and metaphorically.
French-born, Berlin-based artist Jaybo Monk creates collage like-paintings that relish ambiguity, living in the space between different styles and subject matters. The artist says that he deliberately avoids symmetry and a sense of gestalt wholeness — his work opposes what he refers to as “the ugliness of perfection.” Instead, his paintings compartmentalize and rearrange the various parts of the human body in sensual, abstract depictions that evoke emotions associated with touch.
Miami Art Week welcomed a new fair last week that went against the norm in support of its exhibiting artists. No Commission Art Fair, curated by Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer Swizz Beatz, provided exhibition space in Wynwood to emerging artists at no cost and with artists keeping 100% of their sales. An avid contemporary collector, Swizz Beatz is no stranger to the art scene, whose namesake “The Dean Collection” drew crowds at SCOPE Miami Beach last year. No Commission was coupled by some of the week’s best parties, dubbed the “Untameable House Party”, from musical artists Swizz Beatz, his wife Alicia Keys, DMX, Wiz Khalifa, and Pusha T. As for the art, there were several new and impressive sized works on display by artists like Dustin Yellin, Hebru Brantley, Kehinde Wiley, Miss Van, Gregory Siff, Gabriel Dawe, Hyon Gyon, and Tomokazu Matsuyama, among many others featured in the pages of Hi-Fructose.
Last Saturday, San Francisco’s 941Geary opened an eclectic group show that touched on personal subjects while apprehending globalization. Curated by Tova Lobatz, “While We Were Away” features artists discovered on the curator’s travels and is a testament to the global art community’s interconnectedness. From the Op Art-influenced portraiture of Italian stencil art pioneers Sten Lex to Vhils’ intricate reflections of urban life (featured in HF Vol. 23) to Miss Van‘s dark renderings of seduction (HF Vol. 15), the show features impressive original pieces from a wide range of international artists. Open suitcases are displayed throughout the gallery filled with mementos and historical tidbits — stencils, train tickets, pamphlets — some of the artists collected while traveling. Take a look at our exclusive opening night photos after the jump.