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Art is Just a Four Letter Word Presents Sobekcis in Exhibition Entitled Shape Shift

November 8, 2015
Anika Dačić graduated in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade and is currently pursuing MA in Literary and Cultural Studies. Her interests lie in social and cultural aspects of contemporary art production and she especially enjoys writing about street and urban art. Likes to knit, play adventure video games and host quiz nights at a local bar.

Art Is Just a Four Letter Word gallery is continuing the series of the spectacular urban art shows this fall. After a successful exhibition by EGS, one of the forerunners of the Finish graffiti scene, the gallery in Soest, Germany will welcome the Serbian duo Sobekcis, the rising stars in the field of European urban art. The exhibition entitled Shape Shift is the German debut for the twin brothers from Belgrade and, as suggested by the title, the works on display will be a great insight into the art of Sobekcis after their transition to the world of fine arts and their shift towards the abstractionism.

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Left: Sobekcis Alternate 1.1, 2015, Acrylic on paper, 50 x 70 cm / Right: Sobekcis – Root 2, 2015, Acrylic on paper, 35 x 50 cm

Sobekcis – Shifting From Graffiti to Fine Art and Back

Born in Belgrade in 1991 these two identical twin brothers started their artistic journey on the streets of their hometown with their individual tags before they joined their forces and creative visions. It is nothing new in the world of street art to see twins mastering their collaborative approaches to artistic practices especially if we have in mind the outstanding Os Gemeos or How & Nosm duo. Walking the similar path, Sobekcis embraced the differences in their sensibilities and started to build the shared style, each artist adding something unique and their individual talents complementing each other rather than diverging from one another. Their artistic development continued in Vienna where they both obtained academic degrees in graphic design and started to reevaluate their previous street art engagements. Constantly evolving and enhancing their practice, Sobekcis duo adopted a more challenging approach to art, entering the world of fine arts and galleries in the past couple of years.

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Sobekcis – 1+++1, 2015, Acrylic and acrylic spraypaint on canvas, 150 x 200 cm

First Solo Show in Germany

Those who had the opportunity to see the previous Sobekcis exhibition in Copenhagen, might have already noticed the transition in the work of the duo. Focus on the more abstract forms, intricate compositions and concentration on the vivid coloring came to dominate the style of the artists in the recent past. Entitled Shape Shift the exhibition in Soest will underline that change of direction, the shift from figurative forms to abstract influences. The shifting metaphor is also incorporated to include a more general orientation of the artists, whose complete oeuvre can be seen as constantly changing, moving further from the past inspirations and exploring the widest artistic horizons. Fluctuating between their graffiti background and fine art prospects, Sobekcis duo reconstructs their graffiti aesthetic making the marvelous works which harmoniously unite all their creative impulses.

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Left: Sobekcis – Arhus, Denmark, 2014 / Right: Sobekcis – Bilefield, Germany, 2014

Shape Shift Exhibition at Art Is Just a Four Letter Word Gallery

Over the short period of time, the Serbian duo has gained an extraordinary support from their fellow-artists and the international audience. Hopefully, the German urban art enthusiasts will be thrilled as well with Sobekcis first solo show in their country. The Shape Shift exhibition will feature new acrylic works on canvas and paper, opening on November 14th and staying on view until December 11th, 2015. The exhibition by Sobekcis will take place at Partisan Creative Corner showroom of Art Is Just a Four Letter Word Gallery in Soest, Germany.

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Featured images: Sobekcis – 1+++1, 2015, Acrylic and acrylic spraypaint on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, detail Sobekcis – Eindhoven, Holland 2014

All images courtesy of Art Is Just a Four Letter Word Gallery