PAINTINGS / ANTON UNAI / SHOW APRIL 22.4.17 / ART COLOGNE / DIEKUNSTAGENTIN GALLERY
Amor Enemigo investigates the loaded space between lover and enemy - the slippery slope of a knife’s edge so palpable in today’s world.
Materials such as acrylics, oil, ink, charcoal, pastel, coffee, Edding, found pots, lipstick, vodka and glue are smeared and exploded as infinite revolts are staged against order and the frozen moment of beauty. Provocation of mistakes and accidents is employed to liberate an instinctual response and dismantle any traditional notion of ‘finished work’. This elaborate process of attack unveils a compulsion to resist patterns and the contrivance of a particular style. A self-confessed art whore, each work is a turned trick of discarded notes, torn posters, messages on walls, blow-ups, pin-ups, photo copies, transfers and street detritus. Traces of intimacy, records of desperate emergency and messages of authority are recycled into the pulp of universal human experience.
Anton Unai, Barcelona, Spain, a graduated political scientist who lived in a tent hidden in a pine forest on a Balearic beach embarked on a cross border European quest that saw him washed up on the shores of the Berlin urban art scene a decade ago. His work has been exhibited in Vienna, London, Berlin, New York, and Basel.
Having delved into theatre, fashion, performance, street art, film, art direction, illustration, writing and urban archaeology, Anton Unai is a self taught memoirist, visual poet, calypso dancer, uncivil-rights activist, life novelist, friend of lost causes, master of magical realism and anti-academic professor who has juggled amidst the complexity and chaos in life and as a pursuit.