Poetry and philosophy of the 19th century depicted love and suffering as inseparable notions. It was, of course, the heritage of art from times gone by. To possess something, to truly have it for yourself is something which could have only be achieved with destruction. In this regard, absolute love, the absolute possession of beauty could only be achieved through, conscious or involuntary, violence toward something or someone. In artistic expression, this kind of reality perception embodied itself as a sense of being lost… This is a short story of artist’s Joey Remmers take on the world of beauty and the potential of violence.
Joey Remmers – The Other Side of Beauty?
Californian artist Joey Remmers had been introduced to the world of art through the artistic practice of his mother. Later on, as a teenager, the artist started tattooing, which lead to his creative orientation to the world of macabre imagery. Today, the 36-year-old artist is a respected illustrator and nationally recognized tattoo artist. Remmers is based in Orange, California, where he lives with his wife and children. His paintings represent a sum of the artist’s inspirational input from his career as a tattoo artist and illustrator. He is represented by Corey Helford Gallery and his work became a part of several significant literary journals and magazines.
The Connotation Brings Meaning
But, let us return to the story which conveys the significance of beauty within the creative process of Joey Remmers. Elements such as a wolf pack, a drop of color depicting a songbird or an interaction with an insect residing in situational imagery of abandoned structures such as flooded shopping centers show the potential of the artist to produce meaning through a particular aesthetics. It is the connotational level of a sense of being lost which is contrasted with those small elements depicting hope. Thus, the grandeur of the background is revealed. For instance, the endless sea of trees of the Aokighara Forest of Mount Fuji appears as a recurring inspiration for the artist. In order to lead the eye of the viewer, strings and tapes are hung on branches to signal a simple, yet beautiful message of finding a way out…
The surrealist explorations of Joey Remmers are shown in the body of work included in The Lost exhibition. New paintings and charcoal studies of harsh landscapes and ambiguous elements represent clues to engage the viewer. “I always like to explore the duality between the beauty of nature and its constant potential for violence […] The world we live in, with all its beautiful scenery, climates and mysteries always has something we too often don’t see” says Remmers. The exhibition which invites the public to a dialogue of thought-provoking nature is on show during the period between December 13th 2014 and January 10th 2015, at CHG Circa, Culver City.
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