Mallorca Bound: Jenny Brosinski, Vojtěch Kovařík, and Felix Treadwell
Mallorca itself is a tempting haven, and the triple treat of shows currently showing at L21 Gallery (FEELO by Felix Treadwell, Even Heroes Need a Rest by Vojtech Kovarik, and Feels Good Til it Doesn’t by Jenny Brosinski), are destination-worthy. With this presentation, the Spanish contemporary gallery celebrates the new, post-lockdown period while continuing to support creative experimentation while representing emerging artists.
Back at L21 two years after his solo debut, Felix Treadwell's work is presented in the newest space on the pristine first floor of the gallery, where sleek, modern furniture provides the set design for his spare yet figure-based works. FEELO “is the name of the character I’ve been working on for the last year, a nickname I used to have in school," theUK-born, Taipei-based artist explains of the title of his show "The inspiration behind FEELO’s style comes from fashion blogs, young Hypebeast and even myself as a teenager." Rendered with both brush and airbrush, his most recent body of work abandons the use of line in an exuberant show of optimism. Flowing gesture, fleecy surfaces, and soft hues counterpoint the anxious, apprehensive characters, who are fashionably garbed with stylish wardrobe and tech gadgets.
Taking reference and inspiration from significantly different sources, Vojtěch Kovařík's mythological characters suggest that Even Heroes Need a Rest as they evolve towards becoming more human. Although appearing monumental and superior, barely fitting within a format of the mostly large canvases, we see a different persona as they seek respite to relax, curl up in contemplation or enjoy a sensual moment. Using contrasting colors and intricate surfaces, their stone-like bodies negotiate radiant, lush surroundings. With flattened, expressionless faces, they elicit empathy, despite their grandeur and imposing size and shapes. A crescendo appears in the form of a mosaic face on wood, presented in shatters. Even heroes are vulnerable.
Finally, Jenny Brosinski’s Feels Good Til it Doesn’t presents a more abstract, conceptual approach, as she explores scale and conversion in cartography. Using her body as a unit of measurement (as well as force and energy), the Berlin-based Brosinski starts by painting on the floor, careful not to overwhelm the surface with her expressive mark-making. Divided between large scale works on canvas and a series of smaller works on paper, the exhibition revolves around the balance between such bold, decisive, risky gestures and their relationship with the vast negative space of the raw surface. Painted using oil, oil stick, and graphite on canvas, as the title of the show suggests, the precise measurement and control of that balance, in proportion to scale, directs the stunning outcome. —Sasha Bogojev