Katre & RESO at Montana Montpellier
It’s a special thing when two artists are free to exhibit together without their works clashing against each other, but remaining equally autonomous and powerful. Reso and Katre, currently on show at Montpellier Montana Gallery, are definitely such a pair, with both of their aesthetics coming from graffiti. Their individual languages shine through the jointly selected theme, inspired in the infinite potency of a circle, the symbol of origin of things and the continuous source of bursting creative energy. Entitled Le Cercle Fermé – The Closed Circle, the Montana exhibition presents a selection of Reso’s and Katre’s works, highlighting the conceptual and visual similarities and discrepancies in a harmonious installation.
Katre’s Architectural Rounds
Two passions of Katre, a Parisian artist, are exploring abandoned spaces and graffiti. In the series of works presented at the Montana Gallery, he combines these two ideas into one explosive statement, focusing on architectural values of each photographed venue as much as on the graffiti-form interventions over them. His hand is steady, while bold lines, dynamic distortions of lettering and sharp or angular formations unveil confidence in the message the artist is communicating. Abstract forms deconstruct the interior and exterior settings, dispersing it and elevating it into a different aesthetic field, while the black and white photography holds a solid base for daring strokes of electric color. Dissecting the deserted interiors and exteriors, Katre emphasizes the hidden beauty in the most unexpected places.
Reso, Line and Color
Profoundly influenced by the New York school of graffiti, one of the most viewed artists in our database in September, Reso has always sought his expression in elaboration of letter forms. The latest works presented at the Montana Gallery reach a different level of abstraction, although overtly retaining many connections to their source. Wild lines and intersections hold carefully selected colors, often based on complementary colors or on explorations of nuances and one color potential. The overall palette is elegant and soothing, providing a less dramatic, but equally potent angle to perceive the core subject of the series.
The Circle is Closing
Contemplating on the topic, both Katre and Reso have included many circular forms in their work, either literally or metaphorically. Katre’s interventions always divert towards the inside, suggesting the convexity of a circle, and keeping the harmony of a piece, as well as its solidity. Reso’s circular ideas develop the notion a bit further, with thick, intertwining circular contours, or with the separate colorful, round entities, hovering in an abstract field. Presenting their ideas, the two artists show two approaches to a single idea, with much similarity, but no visual war.
Perpetual creation at Montana Gallery Montpellier
Influential figures in the French and German street and urban art scenes, Reso and Katre celebrate the idea of a Closing Circle by highlighting the duality of their respective styles and their dedication to the CFL crew, the acronym of which is contained in the exhibition title. The show presents various techniques in which the artists work, from photography to acrylic and Posca pens, demonstrating their separate artistries. The Montana Gallery exhibition is the first show for both artists in Montpellier, opened on November 8, it will continue through December 6, 2014. Closing the Circle on the viewer, Katre and Reso present the perpetual creative potential of circle, realized via two distinctive urban art voices.
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