October 2, 2023


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Juxtapoz Magazine – Venom, Bergeron and Franzese “A Birdcage, Until Further Notice” @ Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen

For some time, Jud Bergeron and Gallery Poulsen have been looking into how we can put together an exhibition that provides a new dimension to the gallery. Gallery Poulsen is specially oriented towards the figurative aspects of the art globe but when they invited Jud Bergeron onboard we also invited the abstract minimalism in its a few-dimensional type which functions as a backlink between figurative artwork and summary art while also currently being a way for them to consist of the physical house in our exhibitions. A Birdcage, Right up until Additional Recognize is the newest addition in their series of invitational displays in which 1 of Gallery Poulsen’s typical artists invites, for us, new artists into the gallery’s area which in convert contributes to the growth of our creative understanding.

In Bergeron’s sculptures there is a particular concentrate on the tactile homes of summary geometric designs, a focus that is also present in Ben Venom’s and Gianluca Franzese’s respective perform with shapes and combination of elements. Bergeron, Venom, and Franzese all are living and get the job done in San Francisco, California.

Jud Bergeron’s new series of sculptures stems from a collection of wall reliefs that had been encouraged by a person of his silkscreen prints manufactured in 2020. Bergeron started to visualize the wall reliefs as blocks and commenced considering about the origins of sculpture via the lens of childhood, taking part in with wood blocks. He started extruding the two proportions into 3 proportions and using people blocks to develop new sculptural kinds. The performs in the exhibition signify a artistic method where by Bergeron’s before works impressed him to even further build inventive tips in new ways utilizing new resources until the authentic notion gets a footnote to a much larger physique of fully recognized operates. These procedures are telling of Bergeron’s general artistic apply, as most of the perform in the demonstrate represents the center phase of however a further iteration of this series, these performs will provide as completed maquettes for potential works that will be scaled significantly larger.

In his exact operate with repurposed products stitched collectively in big textile-primarily based parts, Ben Venom contrasts the generally menacing and aggressive counterculture elements of skateboarding, punk/metallic tunes, and the occult with the comforts of domesticity. This collision of classic quilting strategies with aspects tied to the fringes of culture re-envisions the tale of the substance through a softer lens. The reclaimed materials employed in Venom’s operate have a multitude of personalized histories and everyone’s unexplained stain, tear, or rip is involved. These salvaged items are sewn into a larger narrative and turn into a element of a collective record within the perform. The fragility of the resources and their assaulting imagery are introduced together in the form of a practical artwork. Venom’s artistic challenge is exemplified with the work “Flex Your Head” whose title and imagery are borrowed from a Minor Danger track lyric. The quilt combines the alternative, but positive, ideals and the potent approaches of expression of the punk band with the softness and features of the donated cloth in a way that conveys a clash concerning various cultures and traditions. This is a person of Ben Venom’s overarching initiatives in his collective oeuvre.

Encouraged by his individual childhood, elevated by a father who was a jeweler, metallic leafing performs a considerable purpose in the artwork of Gianluca Franzese. The applied metals in Franzese’s big functions are put together in a comprehensive community of interconnected traces, abundant colors, and recurring designs that convey a precise stability and harmony by means of geometric configurations that aren’t pre-prepared but are the consequence of an intuitive, curious, and playful resourceful process. The exhibition marks the initially time Gianluca Franzese reveals in Europe in a lot of yrs. The will work in the exhibition can hence be observed as a reinterpretation of the continent’s abundant traditions in the use of metal and the precise craftsmanship of the metalsmiths during the medieval ages. The intricate relationship of chainmail for armor, the elaborate jewels that adorned monarchies and the ouroboros, the mythological snake biting its very own tail which was an essential image in the alchemy of the Middle Ages, are all renewed in Franzese’s patterns, which destinations the functions in a much larger historical context.

Jointly the works of the exhibition make a assembly place concerning varied tactile homes that are all conveyed as a result of abstract geometric compositions. The metallic expression of Bergeron’s hard and 3-dimensional bronze sculptures is also existing in Franzese’s geometric paintings in the steel leafing, and the stability and thoroughly composed designs and designs of these paintings are also seasoned in Venom’s quilt built from repurposed textile. This creates a dialogue amongst the operates of the exhibition that contributes to the expansion of our creative knowledge.