Monday, June 18, 2012
Case "Mayfair Lady" Soloshow London 2012 - Sneak Preview from Stefan Pohl on Vimeo.
CASE - Andreas von Chrzanowski
Opening reception: 21st June 2012
On display: 22 - 30 June 2012Curated by Shea&Ziegler
99 Mount Street, Mayfair
W1K 2TF, London. UK
Exclusive Mayfair Garden PartyLive Installation: 25th June 2012
Widely recognised as one of the best photorealistic spray paint artists in the world, CASE presents a new collection of original portraits destined to enhance an international collector and fan base that already includes German President Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Working solely with spray paint, German born artist CASE – real name Andreas von Chrzanowski – has redefined the limitations of this supposedly unwieldy medium. Combining technical expertise with a gift for subtle juxtaposition, CASE recontextualises images of beauty to challenge their everyday representation.
For this body of work the artist has taken George Bernard Shaw’s classic musical ‘My Fair Lady’ as the inspiration to expand this conceptual focus. This playful title also alludes to Urban Fine Art’s own propulsion into the highest cultural circles, and would seem a fitting tribute prior to the artists own anticipated appearance at this year’s Mayfair Garden Party on June 25th working along side Irina Zonaband.
About Case: “Case” is the alias of Andreas von Chrzanowski an artist from the German graffiti scene who was born and raised East Germany. As early as 1995, he began painting with spray cans, and he uses this medium to make photorealistic images of body forms and portraits. case is one of four members of the Maclaim Crew, founded in the year 2000. Maclaim is known for having established photorealistic works with spray cans in Germany. Case’s artistry usually includes people or the human body. He removes them from their normal environments, changes them, and then displays them within a new context, one that has also been modified. This enables him to replace the traditional idea of what beauty represents by controversial, grotesque images; these create nothing less than a very unique form of fascination for the beholder. One of the most poignant aspects common to all of case’s works is the texture of the surfaces he uses. They are painted on a background that is made from pieces of cardboard of various sizes. Most of the cardboard comes from the packaging of the spray paint cans and they are held together with glue, staples and tape. Sometimes bits and pieces of wood are also glued onto the surface, such that a bumpy, one-of-a-kind surface appears. This structure is diametrically opposed to typically overblown, perfectionist images and it gives case’s works their unique character.
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