Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.
There’s a certain duality permeating each of the visual artistic pieces – one between chaos and order that exists in the form of the piece, seen in its colors and shapes. Where some artists may prefer one way or the other in their personal practices, there’s no denying that there’s a bit of both in every completed work. Rather than choosing to emphasize one of the two, the Italian artist Corn79 embraces both in his varied practice that encompasses street walls as much as the inside of a gallery. Translating theoretical research from his college days into practice, Corn79 leaves a strong visual impression with his vivid artwork.
A Diverse Practice
Although his official career as an artist started back in 1996, it can be said that it had been brewing on a theoretical level several years before. With a passion for graffiti and graphic design, Corn79 weaved all of the scientific studies and knowledge acquired in his student days into his practice. With a knack for interacting with public spaces, his exploration of colors and shapes adorned the urban setting through graffiti and murals at first, soon expanding towards installations and canvas. Mixing abstract elements with the grounded technicalities of drawing, there’s more than a single contrast in between the lines and colors that forces emotion and thought out of the viewer.
Corn79’s exploration of colors and shapes adorns the urban setting
The Psychic Effect of Visual Art
In his attempt to provoke individual imagination out of viewers, Corn79 brings together the oppositions of geometrical precision and chaos of colors. Using various symbols with specific meanings gives his pieces a moment of clean, momentary realization amidst the surrounding anarchy of fluid colors. This mixture radiates with a mystical, even spiritual nuance, gluing the view onto the vivid, perplexed surface. Drawing from his own psyche, there’s an unquestionable influence on the thought of the viewer rooted in the interplay of color and shapes, leaving a lasting and most certainly a positive impression on any mind. The medium of murals allows not only for a dialog with an enormous audience, but a necessary improvisation that the artist embraces completely.
Drawing from Corn79’s own psyche, there’s an unquestionable influence on the thought of the viewer
Surgical Precision Amidst Chaos
With a practice that spans not only mediums, but surfaces and materials, Corn79 impresses regardless of where you get a chance to see his art. Conjoining the fluidity of colors with the clear definition of geometrical shapes, the artist demonstrates a surgical precision amidst the chaos of paint as a loyal devotee to the freehand. With so many stunning pieces already gracing both street and gallery walls, there’s naught but to anticipate new vivid patterns from Corn79.
Corn79 lives and works in Turin, Italy.
Featured image: Corn79. All photos credit the artist.