Jonathan St. Void: ‘The Return of your Imaginary close friend in Higher Resolution’
15th to 30th April 2022
Punkristocracy Pop-Up Gallery
230 Portobello Highway
A solo exhibition of the elusive artist Jonathan St. Void titled ‘The Return of your
Imaginary good friend in Large Resolution’, will be introduced by Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery at the Punkristocracy Pop-Up gallery on Portobello Highway from 15th to 30th April. Jonathan St.
Void is a single of the artwork world’s most effective retained strategies, a really private artist with an inherent aesthetic that easily straddles the good line concerning punk rage and regal grace whilst operating in a realm of innovative creative sensibilities. His new solo exhibition at the Punkristocracy Pop-Up, presented by Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery, is his very first considering the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic, showcasing new artworks that evoke expansiveness and escapism.
Punkristocracy is the model established by the artist beneath which he results in paintings, jewellery and NFTs. St. Void is seriously motivated by the punk motion of the 1970s in New York and London, which he feels is the most explosive inventive era of the 20th Century. He explains: ‘I’ve always been into good manners and presenting by yourself nicely, and nobility above Royalty.
Mainly because aristocracy is a way to behave, not just a thing you inherit as a result of a bloodline. So I was wondering about the complete aesthetic of my imaginative output to be a mix of the punk aesthetic and the aristocratic aesthetic, and I made ‘Punkristocracy’.”
St. Void has moved into NFT’s, and his Punkristocracy NFT artworks titled ‘They Came from the Dogstar’ will be unveiled at the exhibition as the inaugural NFTs of The Blender Gallery’s new NFT system. ‘The Return of your Imaginary mate in Superior Resolution’ will aspect progressive, abstract artworks on vegan crocodile patent leather, and paintings from a collection known as ‘Prime Ordeal’ which explores the extra bodily mother nature of gentleman, the skin and bones, with influences of the primordial style of Francis Bacon’s crucifixions and Pope paintings put together with a Pop Artwork Keith Haring aesthetic.
Jonathan has worked for 19 several years on a diverse range of surfaces this kind of as canvas, wood and plexiglass. Most a short while ago, in his exploration of structured abstraction, he has been using levels of oil and acrylic based markers to attract spontaneous but intricate linear models on vegan crocodile patent leather-based with no measurements taken beforehand and a full absence of scheduling or intent. By this process he made his hottest collection of items titled “The Illusion of Explanatory Depth”, evoking esoteric, archetypal imagery in a visually linguistic design that can most effective be described as primitive graffiti.
Jonathan St. Void commented: “This exhibit is a mini-retrospective of chosen parts from several former collection of artworks as a result of the yrs, along with a sneak peek at the foreseeable future, with my forthcoming sequence of digital animated collages the two in physical and NFT sort. The title of the show – ‘The return of your imaginary buddy in higher resolution’ – alludes to lots of matters, such as acquiring again in the video game immediately after a extensive hiatus, rejuvenated instead than defeated, as perfectly as a cheeky reference to the audience’s tendency of projecting characteristics, features, intentions and backstories on imaginative figures, producing a pastiche of who they want you to be… and
I’m satisfied to be precisely that for each individual solitary one particular of them.”
Varvara Roza claims: “Jonathan St. Void is a pretty personal and elusive character. His operate is like almost nothing I have at any time observed right before, and the numerous range of his artistic oeuvre, from visceral, melancholic pop art to his WW2 weaponry blueprints with integrated 1940’s cartoon figures and his intuitive abstract art on vegan crocodile patent leather-based, by to his esoteric digital NFT parts combine to make a special and eclectic output. I have constantly required to collaborate with him, and am pretty satisfied we hit it off so splendidly! One point is for absolutely sure. We’re going to have a whole lot of entertaining!”
Jason Theophanidis says: “I have regarded Jonathan given that I started The Blender Gallery just about a decade back, and his resourcefulness gripped my interest immediately. During those people decades I have had the pleasure of remaining by his side as he was experimenting with unpredicted media, shaping the explosive creative persona he has developed into right now, and eventually making his own invigorating universe. His art is raw and relentless, nonetheless exuberant and whimsical. Jonathan is not just an artist, but a gentleman of the entire world, a rebel, a poet, a visionary and a thinker. He is an inspiration to operate with bringing a wonderful synergy to the workforce.
Without revealing much too substantially about The Blender Gallery’s upcoming NFT system, Jonathan’s ‘They Came From The Puppy Star’ series gave us the great written content to consider the next step into the Metaverse.” Throughout his occupation, starting in 2001, Jonathan has collaborated with the London dependent ‘Sakai’ pop-up Gallery on group and solo displays. He has exhibited at ‘Kunsthaus Tacheles’ in Berlin and notably collaborated with ‘Vogue’ and ‘Sotris Boutique’ in Athens in a special solo clearly show for ‘Fashion’s Evening Out’ in Kolonaki. Other exhibitions include Aggelos Gallery 48 Gallery Artion Gallery Team and The Breeder Gallery. Jonathan has experienced mini retrospectives of his work at Hoxton Gallery and Spiral Gallery in Mykonos, and also had the honour of becoming ‘Artist in Residence’ at the legendary Poseidonion Grand Resort in Spetses, Greece.
Jonathan St. Void is a classically trained artist who analyzed Fantastic Artwork at the Kent Institute of Artwork & Style and design (KIAD) in England, and went on to are living in London, wherever he is now based. He has experienced inventive residencies in Amsterdam, Berlin, Athens and Mykonos. St. Void transcended the artistic norms by acquiring his individual strategy called ‘Layered Markers’ and making use of progressive surfaces.
He manifests visually evocative parts that tread a great line among brutality and childlike innocence. His influences span throughout a numerous array of masters and 1 can detect in his oeuvre equivalent doses of rawness, construction, road spirit, playfulness and a color palette that is at the same time joyous and contemplative.
At this position in his innovative trajectory, Jonathan maintains a very selective and refined publicity of his name and operate, restricting it to word of mouth between those people who meet up with him personally or take place to view just one or far more examples of his pieces by a mutual acquaintance or “invitation only” gallery exhibit.
Possessing bookended his journey into the abstraction, he is presently preparing his future solo exhibition “They Came From The Dogstar’, primarily based on his small, self-penned house age fairytale: a 25-piece collection of digital collages, introduced in a individually customized and evolved ‘Light Box’ form, as properly as movie projection.
On top of that, St. Void is placing the ending touches on a big-scale art installation by govt cultural fee, in collaboration with the seaside municipality of Vouliagmeni in Athens, Greece. Varvara Roza Galleries (primarily based in London and started by Varvara Roza) and The Blender Gallery (based mostly in Athens and started by Jason Theophanidis) are becoming a member of forces in the pursuit of a person popular target and enthusiasm: to present Greece’s most superb contemporary artists to the world wide art current market and make a splash on the modern day art scene.
Varvara Roza and Jason Theophanidis perspective London as just one of the most important centres of the contemporary artwork entire world, and a global hub for high-quality artwork, which is the commitment powering showcasing a very carefully curated range of the most attention-grabbing Greek contemporary artists in London.
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