WP GALLERY is proud to announce it’s 2nd Solo Exhibition with recognized street artist and fine artist DISTORT. After 5 years since our last exhibition Distort’s vision is as concrete as ever. Working solely with enamel and metal he has evolved his technique and style in a thought provoking series of works entitled “The Crusades”. More info and images after the jump!
This show is history re-painted and contemporized to his world of characters with references to how humanity hasn’t changed in thousands of years. The same basic principles since the dawn of time, still apply. Humans still face the same core fears , needs , and desires. With references to the great masters before him but twisted up with his post-apocalyptic landscapes, DISTORT has made an epic body of work that has to be seen in person to be felt.
“Similar to the time of the European Renaissance, we live in an age where wealth and prosperity are syphoned from areas of the globe and consolidated in others, leaving behind great despair. For those of us fortunate enough to live in a relatively safe and stable environment, the prevalence of violence and chaos in the world surrounding us can induce a constant stress. To know that your comfort is at the expense of people elsewhere (and even the planet itself) indicates that your position is unsustainable and likely to be threatened by what the future may bring. In today’s tumultuous world, it would be strange not to have a pit in your stomach. Instead of suppressing this feeling, imagine that pit as an actual place that expands in space beyond your physical presence. Exploring this space, you become more aware of your context in the story of time. As humans, we evolved to adapt to the land that we inhabit, in a sense defining our every inner urge . Even the laws of many religions are tied to the land, rooted in agricultural significance and developed to help mankind reap the potential bounty of the earth and avoid it’s perils. Eventually these religions took on a territorial element of their own and we see war being waged on their behalf throughout history. As the decedents of war, this connection between land and spirituality is imbedded in our identity. In other words, we may inhabit space, but space also inhabits us.” -DISTORT
Now living in Jersey City, DISTORT earned a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has completed full scale wall murals in Miami, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York as well as locations across North Jersey.
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