Jonathan St. Void: ‘The Return of your Imaginary friend in Higher Resolution’
15th to 30th April 2022
Punkristocracy Pop-Up Gallery
230 Portobello Street
A solo exhibition of the elusive artist Jonathan St. Void titled ‘The Return of your
Imaginary good friend in Large Resolution’, will be introduced by Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery at the Punkristocracy Pop-Up gallery on Portobello Road from 15th to 30th April. Jonathan St.
Void is 1 of the art world’s most effective held strategies, a very non-public artist with an inherent aesthetic that easily straddles the good line amongst punk rage and regal grace while running in a realm of innovative resourceful sensibilities. His new solo exhibition at the Punkristocracy Pop-Up, presented by Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery, is his very first since the Covid-19 pandemic, showcasing new artworks that evoke expansiveness and escapism.
Punkristocracy is the manufacturer designed by the artist under which he produces paintings, jewelry and NFTs. St. Void is intensely affected by the punk motion of the 1970s in New York and London, which he feels is the most explosive resourceful period of the 20th Century. He points out: ‘I’ve normally been into good manners and presenting yourself properly, and nobility previously mentioned Royalty.
Because aristocracy is a way to behave, not just a thing you inherit through a bloodline. So I was contemplating about the complete aesthetic of my innovative output to be a mix of the punk aesthetic and the aristocratic aesthetic, and I produced ‘Punkristocracy’.”
St. Void has moved into NFT’s, and his Punkristocracy NFT artworks titled ‘They Came from the Dogstar’ will be unveiled at the exhibition as the inaugural NFTs of The Blender Gallery’s new NFT platform. ‘The Return of your Imaginary pal in High Resolution’ will aspect impressive, summary artworks on vegan crocodile patent leather-based, and paintings from a sequence named ‘Prime Ordeal’ which explores the extra bodily character of person, the skin and bones, with influences of the primordial model of Francis Bacon’s crucifixions and Pope paintings combined with a Pop Art Keith Haring aesthetic.
Jonathan has worked for 19 many years on a various assortment of surfaces these kinds of as canvas, wooden and plexiglass. Most just lately, in his exploration of structured abstraction, he has been working with levels of oil and acrylic primarily based markers to attract spontaneous but intricate linear models on vegan crocodile patent leather-based with no measurements taken beforehand and a full absence of organizing or intent. By way of this method he made his latest sequence of pieces titled “The Illusion of Explanatory Depth”, evoking esoteric, archetypal imagery in a visually linguistic fashion that can most effective be explained as primitive graffiti.
Jonathan St. Void commented: “This display is a mini-retrospective of selected items from numerous prior collection of artworks via the yrs, along with a sneak peek at the long term, with my forthcoming collection of digital animated collages both in actual physical and NFT type. The title of the demonstrate – ‘The return of your imaginary mate in higher resolution’ – alludes to numerous points, which include obtaining again in the recreation just after a long hiatus, rejuvenated relatively than defeated, as well as a cheeky reference to the audience’s tendency of projecting traits, qualities, intentions and backstories on creative figures, earning a pastiche of who they want you to be… and
I’m satisfied to be specifically that for each and every single 1 of them.”
Varvara Roza states: “Jonathan St. Void is a extremely personal and elusive character. His perform is like nothing at all I’ve ever found prior to, and the numerous assortment of his resourceful oeuvre, from visceral, melancholic pop art to his WW2 weaponry blueprints with built-in 1940’s cartoon figures and his intuitive abstract artwork on vegan crocodile patent leather-based, as a result of to his esoteric digital NFT parts merge to generate a special and eclectic output. I have generally needed to collaborate with him, and am pretty pleased we strike it off so beautifully! One particular factor is for confident. We’re likely to have a whole lot of pleasurable!”
Jason Theophanidis says: “I have acknowledged Jonathan since I founded The Blender Gallery virtually a decade in the past, and his resourcefulness gripped my focus straight away. Throughout all those a long time I have had the pleasure of staying by his facet as he was experimenting with unexpected media, shaping the explosive creative persona he has developed into today, and ultimately making his own invigorating universe. His art is uncooked and relentless, still exuberant and whimsical. Jonathan is not just an artist, but a person of the globe, a rebel, a poet, a visionary and a thinker. He is an inspiration to work with bringing a superb synergy to the team.
With out revealing also a great deal about The Blender Gallery’s impending NFT platform, Jonathan’s ‘They Came From The Doggy Star’ series gave us the perfect material to choose the subsequent move into the Metaverse.” In the course of his job, beginning in 2001, Jonathan has collaborated with the London primarily based ‘Sakai’ pop-up Gallery on team and solo exhibits. He has exhibited at ‘Kunsthaus Tacheles’ in Berlin and notably collaborated with ‘Vogue’ and ‘Sotris Boutique’ in Athens in a exclusive solo present for ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ in Kolonaki. Other exhibitions contain Aggelos Gallery 48 Gallery Artion Gallery Team and The Breeder Gallery. Jonathan has had mini retrospectives of his operate at Hoxton Gallery and Spiral Gallery in Mykonos, and also experienced the honour of becoming ‘Artist in Residence’ at the iconic Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses, Greece.
Jonathan St. Void is a classically educated artist who examined Good Artwork at the Kent Institute of Artwork & Design (KIAD) in England, and went on to reside in London, where he is now dependent. He has had artistic residencies in Amsterdam, Berlin, Athens and Mykonos. St. Void transcended the artistic norms by establishing his personal technique known as ‘Layered Markers’ and making use of impressive surfaces.
He manifests visually evocative items that tread a high-quality line amongst brutality and childlike innocence. His influences span throughout a diverse vary of masters and a person can detect in his oeuvre equivalent doses of rawness, structure, street spirit, playfulness and a colour palette that is simultaneously joyous and contemplative.
At this issue in his imaginative trajectory, Jonathan maintains a really selective and subtle publicity of his title and get the job done, restricting it to term of mouth amongst those people who meet up with him individually or materialize to check out 1 or more examples of his items by a mutual acquaintance or “invitation only” gallery exhibit.
Obtaining bookended his journey into the abstraction, he is presently making ready his following solo exhibition “They Arrived From The Dogstar’, based mostly on his brief, self-penned place age fairytale: a 25-piece series of electronic collages, presented in a individually tailored and developed ‘Light Box’ variety, as properly as online video projection.
In addition, St. Void is placing the ending touches on a large-scale artwork installation by government cultural commission, in collaboration with the seaside municipality of Vouliagmeni in Athens, Greece. Varvara Roza Galleries (dependent in London and launched by Varvara Roza) and The Blender Gallery (based mostly in Athens and founded by Jason Theophanidis) are becoming a member of forces in the pursuit of a person typical objective and enthusiasm: to current Greece’s most exceptional modern artists to the global art industry and make a splash on the modern artwork scene.
Varvara Roza and Jason Theophanidis look at London as 1 of the most critical centres of the modern day art globe, and a worldwide hub for high-quality artwork, which is the drive behind showcasing a very carefully curated variety of the most appealing Greek present-day artists in London.
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