“Head Hand Heart” is the first show curated for Vertical Gallery by Belgian artist Ephameron. The contributing nine international artists have been carefully selected for their works that balance on the edge between fine arts and pop culture. The exhibition is August 6 – 27, 2016, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 6, 6-10pm.
Aidan Koch (US), Atelier Bingo (FR), curator Ephameron (BE), Louis Reith (NL), Matthew Hoffman (US), Nigel Peake (UK), Renil (BE), Nathaniel Russell (US) and Riikka Sormunen (SE) are faced with the choice between autonomous and applied arts continuously: working on commissions for advertising agencies one day, making an illustration for a newspaper the next, self-publishing a comic book or creating art for a brand new exhibition.
Where some art critics argue that a painting should only refer to itself, the artists in this exhibition deliberately forgo the idea of a single art concept and balance between graphic techniques and fine arts, telling their stories in each work or series, coherent or not, expressive and innovative. They are able to present us the versatility and richness of illustrative art - a progressive and sensitive world in which you can read images like words and find personal meaning in the multitude of colors, figures and compositions.
For “Head Hand Heart” the boundaries of the image are pushed, whether it be abstract or figurative, to create an insightful exhibition where choices are made by head, hand or heart – or all three together.