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NAWER

Unfinished Thoughts

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Opening Reception: Saturday April 9 | 6:30 – 9:30pm

Exhibition Dates: April 9 – May 8, 2016

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NAWER
“Unfinished Thoughts”

C.A.V.E. Gallery is pleased to present “Unfinished Thoughts” – the solo exhibition by Polish artist Nawer.

Nawer has developed a fresh, distinct creative style inspired by the quest to express the rigor of industrial architecture and the evocative power of music through painting.

His work has quickly gained international attention and was featured in 2016 at the Yokohama Museum of Art, in the first large-scale public showing of the renowned contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s private contemporary art collection.

Nawer is one of the most representative members of the “Graffuturism” movement. Working with aerosol on the urban streets since the 90’s and a graduate of the Architecture and Urbanism program in Krakow, Nawer incorporates the basic elements of architecture – volume, mass, color, space, and rhythm – and then stylistically composes them onto canvas using aerosol, masking tape, X-ACTO blades, stencils, and precision – into intersecting geometric planes and shifting axes that have a dynamic energy.

This much anticipated solo exhibition by Nawer includes 13 impressive new paintings. In each canvas there is an alluring dissonance between the geometric rigor of intersecting lines and the omnipresence of fluid paint trickles that give the futuristic paintings an organic element and evoke the incoercible carefreeness of graffiti.

Nawer’s style is also very much influenced by the rhythm of music and is an expression of sound triggering emotion. The artist’s carefully selected color palettes and skillful technique of creating evanescent layers reinforce the perception of dynamic movement. Black, white and neutrals are activated with intense or fluorescent colors that pulse back and forth like intersecting beams of light – inviting the viewer to continuously feel or see something new in the work.

Nawer’s work has been exhibited across Europe, the U.S., Japan and Brazil since 2005, was recently profiled in current issue of Graffiti Art Magazine.

 

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RATUR
“Breaking Dimensions”

Passionate about skateboarding since a child, French artist Ratur was inspired to make a tribute to this freestyle art in his amazing new series “Breaking Dimensions”.

Influenced by the classic techniques of oil painting from the European masters, and inspired by the fresh energy of graffiti – Ratur has developed a distinct dynamic style that is executed with the most skillful detail. Allying digital work and technical virtuosity, Ratur explores the painter’s place in our overwhelmingly digital society as well as the relationship between street art and classical art.

In Ratur’s paintings, the subjects faces are never in view – so that the character remains anonymous and rather the focus is towards the animated dynamic movement of the figures – which appear exploding, fractured, or depicted in layered sequential planes of motion.

This unique new series includes 6 incredible oil paintings of skateboarding figures levitating through the air in action. The skateboard is depicted as an extension of the body and becomes an appendage that propels the soul forward. A signature element of Ratur’s work is also a focus on the hands of each figure, which are skillfully rendered to express the figures intention and appear as if they are pushing out from the canvas as the figure glides in motion.

Each piece in this special collection is intended to inspire the message: “better to stumble and bounce back even stronger, than fall down and stay down feeling sorry for yourself.”
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Ratur was born in Le Havre, France in 1983. He received a Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from St Vincent de Paul College in Le Havre, and has exhibited his artwork and participated in various street art festivals in France and the US since 2010.