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Gallery70 is thrilled to present a new body of works by Jon Kraja. For the first time in the country, the artist will show his works through a multi venue concept including Gallery show, Open studio, Discovery Art Fair Cologne presentation, Online viewing room in ARTSY.
The series of paintings Symphony of Mockery by Jon Kraja are time lapses of our daily life where everything and everyone: beauty, television , show , backstage, carnival, social media, Disney hero, politics , seem engaged in a mocking role.
Jamming the images is a futile effort that only empowers the fantasies.
The artwork is build by constructing and deconstructing the image. The brutal spill over of the color destroys the figure and the original order , provoking the chaos that delivers the final image. Jon Kraja introduces in this series, a gestural , central black and white, irregular line “I don’t know if it is a frequency of energy , a childhood flashback of the jamming image, as seen in the TV , or a fragment of heart ECG. But I know that it helps me to tell a story in multiple levels ”
Symphony of Mockery depicts moments of the constant and never-ending mocking human performance , under the lights of chandeliers, wondering if mockery has become our only way to communicate .
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Jon Kraja (b.1970) is an Albanian artist, working on painting, sculpture, installation and set design. He emerged in the art scene in the 90ies, after the fall of communism in Albania, producing surprising concepts in set design and working on gestural large scale abstract and figurative painting . He is known for his personal constant research in identifying new ways of expression , experimenting on materials and media.
Jon Kraja is preoccupied by the unknown and the utility of lifeless objects. “I believe art is about one’s heart rather than one’s brain.” says him while asked to define his art .
Jon Kraja has exhibited in Albania, Italy, Greece, Germany, France, Netherlands, USA , Switzerland, Sweden, in solo and group exhibitions.
Gallery70, at Toptani Center
Rruga Abdi Toptani