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Raul Pina: ARCHETYPE
Private view: Thursday 1 November, 6-10pm
including live performance by the artist's alter ego, Dr Bombastic at 9pm
Exhibition continues: 2 - 25 November 2012
New and recent work by Raul Pina, described in the words of Joseph Beuys as a SHAMAN-SHOW-MAN!
The artist proposes to re-attach himself to the tradition of the Mexican Day of the Dead, whilst positioning his work firmly within the framework of contemporary art and as far as possible from ceremonial clichés.
ARCHETYPE features sculptures, drawings and paintings. The work is an eclectic mixture of symbols, materials, attitudes and dimensions. For this exhibition the artist will attempt to disclose the mystery behind ancient symbols and archetypes, which are present in his work. The artist states that “the spiritual link between the Moon and the Rabbit, which is present in Chinese culture, will meet the Aztec heritage of my work. The alchemical elements of transmutation of souls, which happens inside the skull, is also present! The formal solution is to keep the essential elements of ‘good art of all times’: Expressionism in the pictorial solutions and the aesthetics of Primitivism, twisted and mixed with elements of Modern Pop culture and the presence of a ‘Cold Cartesian Neo-Conceptualism’ as a formal element.”
Raul Pina was born in Mexico. He studied at the Esmeralda School of Fine Art, Mexico's most prestigious art school. He worked in Mexico City until 1997 when he moved to London where he now lives and works.
Gallery open: Saturday & Sunday 2-6pm or by appointment