3rd Solo Art Exhibition of Err贸

“Nothing about Err贸鈥檚 art is understated” and with that expectation in mind, I聽attended Err贸鈥檚 3rd solo exhibition in Athens. And was not disappointed!

Err贸 is a postmodern artist from Iceland, perhaps one of the most acclaimed living artists the country has produced. He has exhibited his work from New York to Hong Kong and at well-known venues such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

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Err贸鈥檚 art can be characterized by taking comic book artwork and pictures from advertisements, news photos, comics, posters, politics documents from his travels around the world, redrawing it and mixing it up/ combining them in a new way.

Entering the gallery an entire series of malformed, mishaped comic figures looks at me and as I聽move through the gallery: exaggerated secretary girls in their classic pin-up pose, portraits of a grotesque Marylin Monroe unlikely associated to an 鈥渙ld man鈥 and a juxtaposition of iconic Disney characters can be recognized. Surpassing everything else: statesmen such as Chairman Mao presented as cartoon baddies.

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I聽had the chance to view some pieces which Err贸 presented for the first time, including a homage to Picasso and Japanese Manga comics which were incredible. I聽particularly liked the 鈥淩ussian films 1920-1930鈥 painting, including scenes from iconic Russian films from during that time. The art itself can be described simply as thrilling, vivid, sexual and savagely fierce.

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I聽would like to express admiration for the work of the Comic artists, Err贸鈥檚 work is based on. Despite some controversies regarding the artist, I feel that Err贸 has not earned his reputation from nothing. His art is full of life, movements and grasp the observer from the very start. It manages to bring closer Err贸鈥檚 claim in which he 鈥淒ENOUNCED AGAIN AND AGAIN THE ABERRATIONS OF OUR SOCIETY聽: DRIVEN CONSUMPTION, MERCANTILE EROTICISM, REVOLUTIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, AMERICANIZATION OF LIFE.鈥

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