NEW YORK, NY.- GR Gallery
is presenting Keep it Real!, a solo exhibition by Catalan artist Joan Cornella. The show also features a newly completed series of paintings, conceived and executed in New York City, during his residency in the city.
Keep it Real! is an anthological exhibition that aims to present the unique dark and unsettling irony of the internationally renowned Catalan artist and cartoonist. Back to New York for the second time (and first time in two years), his bold and direct message is sharply addressed through a very recognizable, naive and simplistic, visual style, that tend to soften the very delicate themes debated. With no shame or fear to offend the viewer, Cornella insists in depicting surreal macabre situations, always strongly connected with the latest society issues, where the characters cynically, but always cheerfully, do what should never be done. With his approach the artist attempt to unsettle the status quo in the art world, primarily by referencing contemporary social conditions and sensibilities on a global scale, trying to show the essence of our current culture.
Joan Cornella(1981, Barcelona). Is an artist illustrator and a cartoonist, well-known for his dark and quirky humour, often described as disturbing and outrageous. With his own visual code, which is minimalist and unusual, Joan Cornellà uses satire to denounce the grim and dark part of the human nature. He raises awareness on our hypocrisy and our obsession with many topics of our everyday lives. The colors of the sets and the perturbingly stillness of his characters reminds the spectator of the 1950s advertisements, however, a morbid atmosphere hides behind this happy, yet cynical, faces. Cornellà does not hesitate to mock taboos. His artworks are bold and direct, and describe our daily routine scenes. Since no topic is off limit for Joan, some people might feel offended by his work, but once the viewer get deepen into his cynical and direct approach the appreciation grows exponentially.