Surreal Irreverence

Hell'O | Okuda | Zebu

15.09.2018 - 03.11.2018

MAGMA gallery is glad to present the exhibition “Surreal Irreverence”, with Okuda (Spain), Hell’O (Belgium), Zebu (Germany).

For the first time the works of these important names of international urban art are exhibited in Italy.

MAGMA gallery is pleased to present to the public the works by these great artists, already part of public collections and museums’ exhibitions, such as Hell’O at BAM - Musée des Beaux-Arts of Mons and, in the case of Okuda, the Centre del Carme of Valencia, which this year featured a very attended and monumental retrospective.

Although they’re clearly defined by different origins and careers, these artists share a natural impulse to surreal compositions, geometrical and organic at the same time. Okuda’s vibrant use of colors goes with Hell’O sense of mystery and discipline and with Zebu’s compositions, balanced between elegance and fun.

Okuda’s artworks can be seen in streets and galleries all over the world: U.S.A., Japan, India, Mali, Mozambique, Chile, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Mexico and Europe. In 2016, ARCO art fair in Madrid commissioned to him a public art project, while in 2015, amongst other events, he realized « Heads Juice » for Milano’s Expo. In 2014, he’s one of the artists featured in the exhibition organized by Benetton Foundation at CAC of Malaga.

In his works, multicolor and geometrical architectures blend into organic shapes, bodies with no identity, headless animals, symbols that encourage reflection, between serious and facetious: a unique iconographic language. The pop-surrealism that distinguishes this artist comes from travels, cinema and music (he made several collaborations with big names of rap and soul  music such as Alicia Keys and Kanye West), in fashion, and also in everyday life.

The surreal and colorful world described by Hell’O (Jerôme Meynen and Antoine Detaille), is characterised by a rigorous execution, populated by weird figures and mysterious symbols. A universe sometimes grotesque but always poetic, where philosophical issues get together with non-sens questions, leaving to the public the freedom to follow and explore a favourite path. A joyful and macabre carnival, quiet and loud at the same time, from which arises their great composition and chromatic control. Very important, among other exhibitions, not only the recent solo-show at BAM of Mons in 2018, but also the exhibitions at Musée d'Ixelles and at Palais des Beaux-Arts Bozar, both in Bruxelles.

The works of German duo Zebu take a cue by nature and everyday life, trying to reach the essence of what they want to represent, getting figures rid of details and bringing out the structure and the compositional rhythm, arriving to a strong vitality and expressive energy. The two artists, grown up in Berlin, created Zebu in 2015: their origins sink in the graffiti and street art world, that brought them together in 2007. In additions to wallpaintings, realised throughout important public commissions, their work focuses on canvas and illustration area. Among other, it should be noted important exhibitions in galleries of New York, Santiago of Chile, Tokyo and Berlin.