Flying whales, levitating machines, vibrant color - the art of NEVERCREW, one of our favorite Swiss muralist duos, is wondfully meditative, although figurative and aestheticized. Viewer is allowed to discover own symbolism behind the mind of the mechanism, or the spirit of the whale without being overwhelmed with complicated visuals. Everything Pablo and Christian paint is suggestive, carefully composed and subtle in spreading their views of the world. This year might prove one of the most important ones for NEVERCREW, as they started exhibiting immediately. Before the end of their show at Artstübli gallery in Basel, the duo opened an exhibition of entirely new set of works in the beautiful Turin, at Square23 Gallery.
Entitled Frequency Spectrum, the exhibition opened on Thursday evening - February 5, and in this article we are sharing a set of installation view photos specially selected for Widewalls with our readership!
The series created for and presented within the Frequency Spectrum, shows the continuance of the couple’s research and analysis of the recent past, using perfected sections and systems, further investigating relationship between the [visual] language used to describe it and elements that actually characterize it. The iconography is there - the whale, the mechanism, elements of the urban life, merged and dissected at times. Color ranges across the mid-pastel and fluo range between the pink and blue, often with woodlike backgrounds, reminiscent of cabinet boards. The pictorial elaboration of their ideas is evident, especially in the presence of small sculpture of a whale, which entered our plane and coexists within tangible reality.
The focal moment of Frequency Spectrum exhibition is observation and communication, on different elements and their continuous interactions. The initial idea of NEVERCREW is still the transformation of the public space, in which they contemplate various vantage points and connect them to one another, in order to create a harmonious composition, or eventually an outdoor piece. Relating Frequency Spectrumthis exhibition to their still ongoing show Simultaneity, we uncover the same path. But while Simultaneity focused on living structures - organisms and their functioning, Frequency Spectrum explores communicative means between the present elements, which hold the entire surreal structure together. This inner-connection is perhaps best depicted in the fragmented whale on the wall, which consists of whale’s head, a mechanism, natural and urban elements. The metaphysics of their work is right there, in these symbols of (starting from the head) spirit, intelligence, nature and urbanity, supported with an architectural symbol. Still, the urban element is somewhat smeared, not as perfect and friendly as the other ones, making the observer wonder - are we playing well with what is given or are we destroying it?
Allowing the viewer to come to own conclusion, the Swiss artistic duo continues to examine the depths of life through their unique manner.
With two great shows at the beginning of the year, NEVERCREW is drawing the public eye more than before. For all of those close to Basel, you still have time to see Simultaneity.
Frequency Spectrum has 14 artworks on show, including 2 paintings on canvas, 7 paintings on wood, 1 sculpture, 3 prints, and 1 mural painting. And for the Piedmont urban art lovers, the Turin exhibition at Square23 Gallery, at Via San Massimo 45, will be on view through March 14, 2015.
In the meantime - enjoy the selection of images shared specially with Widewalls!
All images courtesy of NEVERCREW.
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