Tuesday, July 28, 2015

'Sehnsucht' by Axel Void

When I first saw these portraits by Axel Void, I thought they were spot-on tribute paintings to the 1974 slasher flick Black Christmas. However, after looking more closely at these images, I realized that none of these subjects seem to be in any sort of discomfort or pain. 

   These oil paintings are part of Sehnsucht, Axel's solo exhibition at BC Gallery in Berlin. According to his exhibition statement, "This show gives emphasis to that confusion and state of wellbeing within our basic necessities, and longing for something else."

   From an early age, Axel (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) has been strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. Aside from creating shocking and dark pieces, the Miami-based artist is also conquering buildings and walls around the globe with his socially relevant murals. 

[h/t: Hi-Fructose]

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