NIGHT SHIFT

 

duo show with Andrés Lozano & Imon Boy

17.09.21 - 16.10.21

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

 

The exhibition Night Shift unites for the first time Andrés Lozano's (Madrid, 1992) and Imon Boy's (Málaga, 1991) work, two young Spanish painters who are currently enjoying increasing attention surrounding their practice by art collectors. With a marked self-referential body of works, both skillfully mix their own color ranges and generously loaded brushstrokes. If the two seem to dialogue through their work, each does so in his own way. Starring human figures with personalities marked by a certain apathy, nonchalance and introspection, the worlds narrated by Andrés and Imon are naturally connected. Although both share a romantic vision of vigil, on this occasion, well differentiated chromatic and angular approaches can be witnessed, reminding us how different nights can be perceived. With a close to Fauvist palette, filled with contrasts, Andrés Lozano emphasizes the quietness and solitude of the nightlife of his protagonist. Imon Boy brings the focus closer, displaying bichromatic and close-ups compositions where the characters are captured in full motion.

 

Placing the viewer as a voyeur, the images are taken from the private and intimate sphere, of what is kept for oneself or shared with the few who know our most sacred privacy.

Andrés Lozano recreates general capture of a home inhabited by lush and colorful vegetation that accompanies the human who is there, sometimes also escorted by a black cat with bulging eyes that smiles sinisterly. About the human in question, who is only seen from behind or hidden behind the screen of his mobile, we know that he paints a lot, that he prefers solitude and that he likes to work until late. In the works of Imon Boy, however, the characters interact in a naughty and shameless environment. As if a thief had sneaked into each scene, the characters are caught red-handed in nocturnal activities related to the strictly intimate, or torrid or criminal.

 

The exuberant flora represented by Andrés disturbs the invasive and comforts the beautiful. This constitutes the surrealist perspective that is found in Imon Boy's practice, materialized in that intergalactic refrigerator, where fish, trains and graffiti artists roam freely. As Antonio Tabucchi reflects, the night is long, warm and magnificent for telling stories.

Manuela Medina - Director

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ABOUT IMON BOY

Imon boy lives and works in Malaga, the Spanish city from where he is from. Discreet and remote, the identity of the artist is not an accidental mystery. As he says on his Instagram account, "behind Imon boy there is a person like you."

His designs dismantle the stereotyped image of the thug graffiti writer full of testosterone and convey a tender and ironic vision of what it means to paint illegally on the street, building an unexpected discourse full of failures with the police and romantic messages for his secret love. Like any child of the 90s, among his favorite references are video games, movies, internet, music and the trips he makes.
In the manner of a youtuber, the Spanish artist comments and analyzes his achievements and failures as a graffiti writer with a simple intelligence that characterizes him and that has found hims a growing number of followers around the world. 

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SOBRE ANDRÉS LOZANO

Andrés Lozano  (b. 1992, Madrid) is an artist living and working in South East London.
During his undergraduate studies, he focused on illustration, building a portfolio with projects for clients such as The New York Times, Google, The Washington Post and McSweeney’s. He also published several picture books in the UK and the United States. In 2017, his practice started focusing more on painting and drawing.

His recent work explores the link between art, making and improvising through semi biographical paintings that materialize a world of apathetic and lonely characters surrounded by nature and interiors. Despite being strongly rooted in design and composition, as most of the ideas for his works stem from ad-lib drawings, his paintings prioritize the process over the final result; working on large format canvases and selecting themes that allow him to play freely with the content and composition without a clear image of the final result.

MORE INFORMATION

Opening hours (free entrance)

Thursday to Friday from 18h to 20h30

Saturday from 12h to 14h

Adress

Calle Escorial 22,

28004 Madrid