BERLIN.- Strychnin Gallery
opened an exhibition of mystical tales visualized by the infamous storytellers Benjamin Vierling, Marcus Poston, Raf Veulemans and Saturno Butto.
The exhibition showcases a series of artworks which inevitably present their beholders with narratives that frequently cause mixed feelings and which are often perceived differently by each individual. In many cases beauty, dismay and curiosity are terms that come up at the same time when the works of these visual storytellers are being discussed.
Benjamin A. Vierling was born in San Francisco and has been studying painting since he could hold a brush. His work utilizes the renaissance technique of mixing egg tempera and oil paints. Specializing in mythical portraits, arcane symbolism, and vanitas themed still lives, his paintings have appeared on numerous book and album covers, including Joanna Newsom's critically acclaimed record, Ys.
Marcus Conrad Poston is a lifelong chronicler of the world around him and he thoroughly enjoys bringing varied objects and images together within handmade boxes for the delight and wonderment of random passers-by. These cabinets address the all-too-human desire to attribute emotional significance to everyday items, creating a narrative that speaks directly to collective memory.
Raf Veulemans is a self-taught artist who uses airbrush in combination with organic materials, acryl, oil, o rhesus+, pencils and ink. The subject of the painting is
always part of the work. It can be put in formaldehyde, be covered by resin, stuffed or prepared in Raf's own dramatical way. He has a passion for nature, animals, and also everything surrounding death. In his artistic search, Raf wants to make the perishable eternal.
With sensuality and religion being the main topics of his artworks, the Venetian artist Saturno Butto' frequently takes on provocative and grotesque themes. While drawing on the great period of painting of the 17th century he likes to think of his characters as real persons living between the human world, characterized by sex and sin and the spiritual universe, where every soul will find his redemption.
The exhibition will run until December 18th.