Le Grand Verre is the artistic collective that has emerged from the collaboration between Marco Grassi aka Pho, the photographer and filmmaker Matteo Bologna and Berlin-based artist Jaybo Monk who joined afterward. The new body of work by this group will be presented at the exhibition Disobedience at Kallenbach Gallery. Grassi and Matteo started working together in 2011 with a shared interest for practices aimed at testing materials and different media. Sharing their drive regarding a research of the surprising elements lying under the prosaic surface of everyday life, Monk has joined the group in 2014 after meeting these two artists in Berlin. Since Matteo has passed away in the meantime, Grassi and Jaybo have continued to collaborate remembering their late friend whose prior artistic practice continues to influence the group in a posthumous manner.
With a background in graffiti, the Italian artist Marco Grassi creates abstract paintings that refer to graffiti writing traditional elements such as the word, the rhythm of the line and performing dynamism. Main characteristics of his work are the strong relation in the pictorial gesture and the use of different materials and approaches combined in a coherent aesthetic. This could be seen in his series Walls where he used various found objects as the subsurface for his expressive paintings.
The work of the Berlin-based artist Jaybo Monk is free, eclectic and in constant evolution. Alternating between mediums of painting, sculpture and graffiti, he explores the unknown through various different techniques and materials. Combining different visual elements and experiences, he aims to create a dialogue with the audience and invite the spectator to reflect metaphysically on the concept of time.
Since many surprising elements of everyday life are often revealed through the energy released by errors, Le Grand Verre group is dedicated to the aesthetics of controlled accidents. Rebelling against the Cartesian scheme that defines the cultural image of our time, their practice is focused on the randomness of nature and time. This human struggle with the final uncontrollability of nature has become a poetic aesthetical voice of the collective. Perceiving the filled in regard with a sense of emptiness and vice versa, they invite the viewer to re-learn to see. Since seeing something and looking at it are two different things, we must step back from this habit of seeing in order to generate the knowledge of what we see. After forgetting the numerous clichés regarding the image, we are provided with an insight that is the beginning of perception.
The underline of the exhibition is the phenomenon of perceptiveness as an attempt to think in present time. Thus, each object, installation, drawing or painting, becomes a means to re-think and to re-see. The exhibition Disobedience will be on view at Kallenbach Gallery in Amsterdam from July 9th until August 15th, 2016.
The opening of the show will be held on Friday, July 8th.
Featured image: Le Grand Vierre - Amorfi, oil and bitumen on cotton paper, 2016 (detail)