Jonathan St. Void: ‘The Return of your Imaginary friend in Superior Resolution’
15th to 30th April 2022
Punkristocracy Pop-Up Gallery
230 Portobello Street
A solo exhibition of the elusive artist Jonathan St. Void titled ‘The Return of your
Imaginary mate in Large Resolution’, will be introduced by Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery at the Punkristocracy Pop-Up gallery on Portobello Highway from 15th to 30th April. Jonathan St.
Void is one of the artwork world’s most effective held tricks, a extremely private artist with an inherent aesthetic that effortlessly straddles the great line concerning punk rage and regal grace while operating in a realm of innovative resourceful sensibilities. His new solo exhibition at the Punkristocracy Pop-Up, offered by Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery, is his initially considering the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic, featuring new artworks that evoke expansiveness and escapism.
Punkristocracy is the model established by the artist less than which he results in paintings, jewelry and NFTs. St. Void is seriously affected by the punk movement of the 1970s in New York and London, which he feels is the most explosive resourceful period of the 20th Century. He points out: ‘I’ve always been into fantastic manners and presenting oneself perfectly, and nobility higher than Royalty.
Due to the fact aristocracy is a way to behave, not just a thing you inherit through a bloodline. So I was considering about the total aesthetic of my inventive output to be a blend of the punk aesthetic and the aristocratic aesthetic, and I made ‘Punkristocracy’.”
St. Void has moved into NFT’s, and his Punkristocracy NFT artworks titled ‘They Arrived from the Dogstar’ will be exposed at the exhibition as the inaugural NFTs of The Blender Gallery’s new NFT system. ‘The Return of your Imaginary good friend in Higher Resolution’ will feature modern, summary artworks on vegan crocodile patent leather-based, and paintings from a sequence termed ‘Prime Ordeal’ which explores the additional physical nature of man, the pores and skin and bones, with influences of the primordial style of Francis Bacon’s crucifixions and Pope paintings put together with a Pop Art Keith Haring aesthetic.
Jonathan has worked for 19 yrs on a various vary of surfaces these as canvas, wooden and plexiglass. Most not long ago, in his exploration of structured abstraction, he has been using layers of oil and acrylic primarily based markers to attract spontaneous but intricate linear types on vegan crocodile patent leather with no measurements taken beforehand and a finish absence of setting up or intent. Via this method he made his newest sequence of parts titled “The Illusion of Explanatory Depth”, evoking esoteric, archetypal imagery in a visually linguistic model that can finest be explained as primitive graffiti.
Jonathan St. Void commented: “This display is a mini-retrospective of selected items from various preceding series of artworks by means of the years, together with a sneak peek at the future, with my approaching series of digital animated collages equally in physical and NFT form. The title of the clearly show – ‘The return of your imaginary good friend in higher resolution’ – alludes to numerous factors, including obtaining again in the video game soon after a extensive hiatus, rejuvenated somewhat than defeated, as well as a cheeky reference to the audience’s inclination of projecting features, attributes, intentions and backstories upon creative figures, generating a pastiche of who they want you to be… and
I’m joyful to be specifically that for each single just one of them.”
Varvara Roza suggests: “Jonathan St. Void is a extremely non-public and elusive character. His operate is like practically nothing I have at any time found in advance of, and the assorted range of his inventive oeuvre, from visceral, melancholic pop artwork to his WW2 weaponry blueprints with built-in 1940’s cartoon people and his intuitive abstract artwork on vegan crocodile patent leather-based, by to his esoteric electronic NFT items blend to make a exceptional and eclectic output. I have constantly required to collaborate with him, and am incredibly content we strike it off so splendidly! 1 matter is for absolutely sure. We’re going to have a ton of entertaining!”
Jason Theophanidis states: “I have identified Jonathan considering the fact that I started The Blender Gallery approximately a ten years in the past, and his resourcefulness gripped my consideration instantly. In the course of all those decades I have experienced the satisfaction of becoming by his facet as he was experimenting with sudden media, shaping the explosive creative persona he has developed into nowadays, and finally building his possess invigorating universe. His artwork is raw and relentless, nonetheless exuberant and whimsical. Jonathan is not just an artist, but a guy of the world, a rebel, a poet, a visionary and a philosopher. He is an inspiration to operate with bringing a superb synergy to the group.
With no revealing far too much about The Blender Gallery’s forthcoming NFT platform, Jonathan’s ‘They Arrived From The Puppy Star’ sequence gave us the great written content to consider the future action into the Metaverse.” All over his occupation, starting in 2001, Jonathan has collaborated with the London based ‘Sakai’ pop-up Gallery on group and solo reveals. He has exhibited at ‘Kunsthaus Tacheles’ in Berlin and notably collaborated with ‘Vogue’ and ‘Sotris Boutique’ in Athens in a exclusive solo exhibit for ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ in Kolonaki. Other exhibitions involve Aggelos Gallery 48 Gallery Artion Gallery Group and The Breeder Gallery. Jonathan has had mini retrospectives of his perform at Hoxton Gallery and Spiral Gallery in Mykonos, and also experienced the honour of becoming ‘Artist in Residence’ at the iconic Poseidonion Grand Lodge in Spetses, Greece.
Jonathan St. Void is a classically educated artist who researched Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art & Structure (KIAD) in England, and went on to stay in London, the place he is now primarily based. He has had creative residencies in Amsterdam, Berlin, Athens and Mykonos. St. Void transcended the inventive norms by creating his possess procedure termed ‘Layered Markers’ and making use of impressive surfaces.
He manifests visually evocative pieces that tread a great line in between brutality and childlike innocence. His influences span throughout a various range of masters and a single can detect in his oeuvre equal doses of rawness, construction, street spirit, playfulness and a color palette that’s concurrently joyous and contemplative.
At this position in his artistic trajectory, Jonathan maintains a really selective and subtle publicity of his title and operate, restricting it to word of mouth between these who satisfy him personally or materialize to view a single or a lot more examples of his pieces via a mutual acquaintance or “invitation only” gallery display.
Having bookended his journey into the abstraction, he is at the moment making ready his subsequent solo exhibition “They Arrived From The Dogstar’, centered on his quick, self-penned room age fairytale: a 25-piece collection of digital collages, offered in a individually custom made and progressed ‘Light Box’ type, as well as online video projection.
On top of that, St. Void is putting the ending touches on a massive-scale art installation by government cultural commission, in collaboration with the seaside municipality of Vouliagmeni in Athens, Greece. Varvara Roza Galleries (centered in London and launched by Varvara Roza) and The Blender Gallery (centered in Athens and started by Jason Theophanidis) are signing up for forces in the pursuit of just one prevalent objective and enthusiasm: to present Greece’s most outstanding contemporary artists to the global art market place and make a splash on the up to date artwork scene.
Varvara Roza and Jason Theophanidis check out London as a person of the most critical centres of the modern art environment, and a international hub for wonderful artwork, which is the enthusiasm driving showcasing a meticulously curated collection of the most fascinating Greek modern day artists in London.
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