4 Conversations, 4 Years: New Group Show at HVW8 Gallery, Berlin
In celebration of HVW8 Gallery’s fourth year in Berlin, the gallery is opening a brand new group show, Four Conversations, featuring Spring 2018 cover artist Inès Longevial (Paris), Julian Smith (Mallorca), 44Flavours (Berlin) and longtime Juxtapoz favorite, HuskMitNavn (Copenhagen).
HVW8 Gallery’s mandate has always been to support and foster new and emerging artists as well as provide a platform for international artists. After expanding from Los Angeles to Berlin, HVW8 has continued to support local artists as well as provide an inclusive environment for dialogue and communication between artists from various cultures and mediums.
The artists in Four Conversations include:
INÈS LONGEVIAL – HVW8 Gallery Berlin presents new paintings and drawings by French painter Inès Longevial. The artist conveys a strong and complex vision of femininity across her paintings, “…using small brush strokes, dis-tortion techniques, fragments.” Originally from the South West of France, the Spanish influence is one of the keys to understanding her work which embodies the spirit of such masters as Pablo Picasso and Pedro Almodovar.
HUSKMITNAVN – HuskMitNavn (RememberMyName) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Copenha- gen who has remained anonymous throughout his career. He draws his figures in a sketch-like style and then casts them into absurd comic situations, often reminding the beholder of the humour and controversy that lies within our daily routines, business politics and the advertisement industry.
44FLAVOURS – For over a decade, Julio Rölle and Sebastian Bagge have been working collaboratively at the in- tersection of art and design. Their practice is rooted in graffiti and graphic design, which continues to inform their style, technique and light-hearted approach to making. Rölle and Bagge have an unshakeable DIY-attitude: they celebrate the ability to improvise and transform any piece of paper, wood or fabric into a work of art. Their ethos is keeping it analogue.
JULIAN SMITH – Julian Smith is a San Diego native artist based in Mallorca, Spain. His work expresses obser- vational interpretations, opinions on social and economic issues, distortions of reality and perceived normality across a variety of mediums and techniques. Through these narratives, he explores ways to connect with people through stories, spirituality, nature and emotional exchange. HVW8 has chosen to feature one selection from each of his recent series to show the diversity in his practice.