GR Gallery is thrilled to present Keep it Real!, a solo exhibition by Catalan artist Joan Cornella’. The show will also feature a newly completed series of paintings, conceived and executed in New York City, during his residency in the city. 

Opening reception: Friday, April 26th, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Exhibition Dates: April 26th– May 26th, 2019). The artist will attend. RSVP here.

On Saturday, April 27th, at 12:00 pm., will be released an exclusive screen print appositely designed for this show. Joan Cornella’ will be signing the prints at the gallery until 3:00 pm. Print will be available online from 3 pm. RSVP here.

Keep it Real! is an anthological exhibition that aims to present the unique dark and unsettling irony of the internationally renowned Catalan artist and cartoonist. Back to New York for the second time (and the first in two years), his bold and direct message is sharply addressed through a very recognizable, naive and simplistic visual style, that tends to soften the very delicate themes debated. With no shame or fear to offend the viewer, Cornella’ insists in depicting surreal macabre situations, always strongly connected with the latest society issues, where the characters cynically, but always cheerfully, do what should never be done. With his approach the artist attempt to unsettle the status quo in the art world, primarily by referencing contemporary social conditions and sensibilities on a global scale, trying to show the essence of our current culture.

Joan Cornella(1981, Barcelona) is an illustrator, well-known for his dark and quirky humor, often described as disturbing and outrageous. With his own visual code, which is minimalist and unusual, Joan Cornellà uses satire to denounce the grim and dark part of human nature. He raises awareness about our hypocrisy and our obsession with many topics of our everyday lives. The color of the sets and the perturbing stillness of his characters remind the spectator of the 1950’s advertisements. However, a morbid atmosphere hides behind these happy, yet cynical faces. Cornellà does not hesitate to mock taboos. His artworks are bold and direct, describing our daily routines. Since no topic is “off limit” for Joan, some people might feel offended by his work, but once the viewer delves into his cynical and direct approach the appreciation grows exponentially.––Joan Cornella'

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