Into the Black
Konrad Wyrebek artKonard Wyrebek, ‘PlayPray’, 80x80cm 31,5x31,5in oil painting
‘PlayPray’, 2010, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm / 31.5 x 31.5 inches
The position and shape of the human figure in this painting - part of
the series “Young Slaves” - is intended to provoke possibilities.
The body type is ambiguous, might be male or female; a state of flux
and confusion that places the viewer in an uncertain place.
Furthermore, the pose suggests a readying to pounce on prey, yet it is
simultaneously a shape of submission.
There is an edge of neon night-time to the violet marks highlighting
areas of the figure. Here the spot-lights of a city strip club are
homed in on the skin; targets where pain and pleasure are easily
swapped. Labels: paintings Konard Wyrebek 115x105cm 45x42in oil painting PlayParyII Labels: Konrad Wyrebek, paintings new sculpture “Cutting Up Amor and Psyche”, its a 1st draft and im still working on it,
made of SikaBlock® M80 Polyurethane Modelling Board Kindly Sponsored by John Burn |check them out www.JohnBurn.co.uk its a 3D model of a sculpture im working on atm, based on Antonio Canova’s “Amor and Psyche” Its cool to see it listed alongside gretest polish artist like Polish artists Mirosław Bałka, Goshka Macuga and Monika Sosnowska at Zabludowicz Collection, Wilhelm Sasnal at Whitechapel Gallery and Jakub Julian Ziolkowski at Parasol unit Bom Bom Bom… :) Labels: Press Outs and here we go one in the studio Labels: studio view so here are my new babies to come, photoshop ivasion :O) Labels: studio view Konrad Wyrebek, Olivia Palermo and her boyfriend, model Johannes Huebl 120 x90cm oil painting on canvas
Konrad Wyrebek, Olivia Palermo and her boyfriend, model Johannes Huebl 120 x90cm oil painting on canvas
‘Olivia Palermo and her boyfriend Johannes Huebl’, 2011, 120x90cm
47x35in oil painting
From the series ‘Beauty in Petrol’ this painting in oil and acrylic is
one of several works that focus on found images of celebrities or
super-rich personalities photographed alongside their model partners.
With slick, heaving paint-strokes the face of Palermo is deformed, as
if undergoing a transformation reminiscent of The Picture of Dorian
Gray. Posed for the paparazzi rather than hiding in an attic,
Palermo’s hand is conjoined with what might be a designer bag, while
the texture of her clothes is expensive, luxurious; smooth. The dress
is almost wearable, could be stepped into, and the boyfriend-shaped
space is more inviting still. A hollow space of hyper-real colour,
awaiting a form to fill it, there is the sense that you could reach
out and put your hand through - touch a paradise beyond. Painted in
gradient, the silhouette suggests an ideal - though one that’s almost
manufactured; an accessory. Labels: paintings Konrad Wyrebek, BAd, cut out on original magazine advertising of L.k.Bennett bag london, oil and acrylic paint Labels: paintings Konrad Wyrebek, Sense, cut out paper from original Sense magazine cover, acrylic and oil paint, frame Labels: paintings Konrad Wyrebek, Samantha Cameron the Sunday times Madonna, original Sunday Times magazine cover,oil and acrylic paint, golden leaf Labels: paintings Konrad Wyrebek StyleSS frame, cut out on original Sunday Times Style magazine cover, oil and acrylic paint,
Konrad Wyrebek StyleSS frame, cut out on original Sunday Times Style magazine cover, oil and acrylic paint, Labels: paintings
Up close: Artist Konrad Wyrebek
- When I look at the Beauty in Petrol paintings, I think of beautiful gone bad – glossy imagery that’s become deformed maybe.
- With that work I took a lot of inspiration from fashion magazine photography and advertising campaigns for luxurious brands. I’m interested in the way people and products appear idealised, promising a better life and happiness in exchange.
- You have these twisted but anonymous faces and also some that seem to be portraits of stars – like Beth Ditto and Agyness Deyn and Lady Gaga. Are you placing everyone on the same level?
- It’s like working with icons, symbols of certain cultural and lifestyle values that these people carry or expose in particular poses. It fits perfectly to the circle of themes I work with.
Fault Magazine layout using my artwork
- Aside from advertising, fashion and celebrity imagery, what has influenced your art?
- People and their life choices, motivations and desires. The things we look at and things we look to. I go through a lot of newspapers, magazines, blogs and Google searching for initial inspiration. It’s a great indicator of the modern condition. I also listen to a lot of electronic music while creating. It gives me rhythm and flow.
- With some of your painting it’s hard to be sure if it’s abstract or landscape…
- I like the idea of landscape painting that is edging with an abstraction. I think Turner was a master at it. My landscapes are nothing like Turner’s, but still I like to confuse the viewer, get them to question whether it’s a landscape, an object or an abstract form. I explore the way we exploit resources throughout our existence, whether those are natural resources, human resources or just our own bodies. We transform our environment and also bodies to mark our place in the world or society. That’s where things connect for me.
Fault Magazine cover
- Your digitally manipulated work for light-boxes often feel like a mapping of distorted spaces. The 3D concepts for entire rooms seem to take that further. Do you plan to create those as installations?
- Yes, I definitely want to realise them. I see them as installations that actively engage the viewer. There are people within that might be hosts or might be slaves, and there’s an element of performance, power, intrusion and ritual. It could be uncomfortable to experience, a bit alien.
- Finally, what’s your fault?
- I’m depressed. Labels: Press Outs Labels: EXHIBITIONS photography by Toshiro Numa Labels: Press Outs
Konrad Wyrebek, two oil paintings, 40 x 50 cm each, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, untitled, oil painting 110 x 120 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, 4 oil paintings in a series/installation, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, untitled, oil painting, 40 x 50 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, untitled, oil painting and semen on canvas 32 x 40 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, untitled, oil painting 32 x 40 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, untitled, oil painting 30 x 45 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, two oil paintings, 60 x 70 cm each, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, “Uoo”, oil painting 90 x 120 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, untitled, acrylic painting, 50 x 65 cm , 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, installation with 3 oil paintings and tape, 120 x 100 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, “we are slaves into the world thats doesn’t exist” oil painting, 40 x 50 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, installation with oil painting, tape and cut aluminum, ap 250 x 350 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, “GoLL”, oil painting, 100 x130 cm, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, diptych, oil paintings, 32 x 40 cm each, 2010
Konrad Wyrebek, “Triumvirate” oil painting, 40 x 50 cm, 2010 Labels: INSTALLATIONS, paintings my studio view Labels: studio view
i enjoyed the night a lot - we talked about everything from art and culture, through politics and movies… and the food was lovely too :)Duncan Roy, myself and Charlie Parsons Labels: Charlie Parsons, Duncan Roy, Konrad Wyrebek Konrad Wyrebek oil painting Labels: paintings
Konrad Wyrebek BEV two c type photographies Labels: photography my work alongside Chris Ofili and Grayson Perry ones. Pv snaps here Labels: EXHIBITIONS Konrad Wyrebek - UnHe - new media pixelated digitally based c-printKonrad Wyrebek, “BSd” new media digital photoprint 2010 digitally manipulated photo print Labels: DIGITALLY MANIPULATED PRINTS, EXHIBITIONS Konrad Wyrebek - UnHe - new media pixelated digitally based c-print, 2010 Labels: DIGITALLY MANIPULATED PRINTS Home Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)
Konrad Wyrebek lives and works in London, United Kingdom
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2011 (upcoming august) London Mayor House, London
2011 Clifford Chance Collection and HQ, group show curated by Michael Petry Canary Wharf , London 2011 CutOut, exhibition and art intervention curated byYu’an Bu, Soho, London
2011 CutOut, exhibition and art intervention curated byYu’an Bu, Soho, London
2010 Icons, group art show with Grayson Perry, Chris Ofili, Peter Doig, Elmgreen and Dragset among the others, London
2010 Safe Heaven, The Brunswick Centre, London
2010 Hackney Wicked Art Festival, London
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2010 BLASPHEMY, Plato Pamplona, Barcelona
2010 Close but no Ciga, Institute for Contemporary Art ICA, London
2010 Billbored, Liverpool Street station, Shoreditch, Tate Modern, Sauthbank and Saint Paul’s Cathedral, POLLOKS, London
2009 Shoreditch House and Shoreditch Town Hall, London ANK GROUP SHOW WITH ANTHONY GORMLEY, TRACEY EMIN AND WOLFGANG TILLMANS.
2009 Hales Gallery, London NAME Portable, collaborative performance and exhibition.
2009 Art Art Art gallery, London AME a large scale digital print commission for MATT ROBERT’S ARTS FOUNDATION
2008 SAATCHI GALLERY, CHELSEA, LONDON Communication:Live, site-specific installation
2007 DA1 GALLERY, Kensington, London Private View group show.
2006 GALLERY 43, Kensington, London Emptiness, a group show.
2005 London Co-founder of DA! ART MOVEMENT
2004 Poland/Hungary PECS, international youth festival, Hungary.
I’m looking for images that have the potential to become something else than they are at the moment I find them. Transformation interests me – how people or things can change, but particularly how we can make them change from our viewpoint. As I spend time with the found image, new thoughts and possibilities are evoked and I experiment with potential additions, deformations and changes that will become part of a transformed image. These possibilities of enrichment in meaning excite me.
In a way my work process is quite open ended because I want the paintings to offer possibilities; make people ask questions of what they’re looking at – and the contemporary world surrounding us. So much of our reality is served to us in obvious, easy to understand forms – from food to information and entertainment. There’s a tendency to reduce our beliefs and thought processes to bite-size chunks, and for the media to imply that with each item we’re being served the only truth. Our lives are a lot less black and white than this, and with my paintings I’m often exploring sides to existence that are less exposed – darker, or more difficult to digest.
In each painting I’m also trying to apply a critical edge, investigating concepts such as modern slavery; ideals of beauty in relation to our consumer society; mysticism in an age of science; sexual expression; new religion and beyond. I aspire to evoke some sense of these ideas in the viewer but not for them to draw any obvious conclusions or statements. Instead I hope that they start to look for connections with the way they live, and they way they think others live.
I really value different people’s conflicting interpretations of a piece, and always aim to inspire dialogue between the viewer and the piece, and beyond. By creating series of paintings I attempt to take this further. As I place images from a series in a sequence, they influence each others’ meanings, and present possible storylines to the viewer.
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- Konrad Wyrebek
- Konrad Wyrebek is young, London based artist working across various mediums - primarily in painting and photography. Also produce 3D installation, performance based works. EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS 2010 Hackney Wicked Art Festival,London 2010 BLASPHEMY,Plato Pamplona, Barcelona 2010 Close but no Ciga,Institute for Contemporary Art ICA,London 2010 Billbored, POLLOKS,London 2009 Shoreditch House and Shoreditch Town Hall, London ANK GROUP SHOW WITH ANTHONY GORMLEY, TRACEY EMIN AND WOLFGANG TILLMANS. 2009 Hales Gallery, London NAME Portable, collaborative performance and exhibition. 2009 Art Art Art gallery, London AME a large scale digital print commission for MATT ROBERT’S ARTS FOUNDATION 2008 SAATCHI GALLERY, CHELSEA, LONDON Communication:Live, site-specific installation. 2007 DA1 GALLERY, Kensington, London Private View group show. 2006 GALLERY 43, Kensington, London Emptiness, a group show. 2005 London Co-founder of DA! ART MOVEMENT 2004 Poland/Hungary PECS, international youth festival, Hungary. If you’re interested in the project or want to find out more about any of my work please get in touch. contact:email@example.com