“MOLESTIA is my first solo show after five years and my very first solo show in Europe.My intention is to return to the gallery space by annoying everything. Annoy the white cube. Annoy the canvas and acrylic. Annoy the way of making artworks. Annoy the private property. Annoy the market laws. Annoy the politically correct. Annoy the figurative. Annoy the abstract. Annoy the space itself. Annoy the ideas of contemporary art. Annoy the ideas of urban art. Annoy the rules. Annoy myself. Why annoy? To leave the comfort zone. To not create artworks that please or conform to the modern world.” —Elian Chali
Molestia is the the European debut solo exhibition by Argentinian artist Elian Chali at one of our favorite galleries in Berlin, BC Gallery. We have long been fans of Chali's mural work, which uses the characteristics of the facades they are placed on as parts of the painting itself, a mixture of abstraction and practicality. One of our favorite pieces from the artist we placed below... it came from the Crystal Ship festival in Ostend, Belgium.
As the gallery notes of the current show, "MOLESTIA is about a series of artworks with a minimalistic approach and a strong dialogue with the exhibiting space. The proposal of the artworks is to erase the line between paintings and sculptures by using unconventional shapes and the absence of personal human touch. The technical aspects do not allow the images to be analysed in a traditional sense as they seek to transform the concepts and ideas conceived by the physical human structure which establishes the dominant laws by which we live. The exhibition has two main columns, reduction and morphological tension. Understanding the space as one more element in the composition, the specific placement of the artworks in the space emphasizes the intention of a forced perspective, a different way for the works to be viewed. The morphological tension pretends to be present but is not visible. Like an exquisite corpse, the works are in dialogue with each other even though they don’t have any intended correlativity. They can each work by themselves or they can work together. They can work like something that is not an artwork or something that is to be shown in a gallery. In the end, it is the dream of art, to escape itself."