Mini Galerie is excited to present Familiar Faces, a group exhibition curated by the Seoul based Dutch artist Raymond Lemstra. Featuring the works of 11 international artists, their shared curiosity for the human form is brought under speculation. With works displaying a unique method of abstraction, the show captures the diversity of the artistic process, yet highlights the resilience of a form that truly dominates art history. Though great juxtaposition is indeed found between the works, Lemstra’s attuned eye to detail allows for a harmonised conversation between them.
In his second ever curated show, Lemstra facilitates a dialogue between the works of artists exploring the corporeal subject. As a creator in his own right, Lemstra’s curation is testament to his own keen interest in and playfulness around the possibilities awarded by the human form.
Held in Rotterdam’s De Huidenclub, a converted industrial tannery, the show is located in an up and coming venue for contemporary art. The exhibition runs from 18 to 20 November, 11-17h.
Jang Koal is a Korean artist whose work pulls us into a rich visual world of her own creation. Working on traditional hanji paper, her characters inhabit a mythical universe of ceaseless wonder and exploration of the unknown.
Rhys Lee is an Australian painter whose work combines a background in graffiti and a traditional Cubist aesthetic to create vibrant, expressive paintings of a dream-like nature.
Josh Jefferson is a Boston-based artist, designer and skater whose signature use of thick, broad brushstrokes create captivating, almost hallucinogenic paintings through the spontaneous blending of colour.
Jaybo Monk is a French artist who draws on art historical references as a departure point for his painting medleys – feverish collages that combine diverse sources of inspiration to produce ethereal, abstract figures. His work finds a beautiful balance of paint being paint, and paint doing tricks.
Matt Leines is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work ranges from whimsically abstract line drawings, to hyper-detailed cartoons set in an absurdist fantasy world.
Wayne Horse is a German artist based in Amsterdam. His oil paintings have won him critical acclaim worldwide, his ghoulish depictions of socialites with melted, demonic faces have us reconsider the nightmarish state of contemporary society, with its excess in hedonism and greed. Beyond painting, however, Horse explores the human condition through videos and drawings.
Ryan Browning is an American sculptor and painter based in Qatar. His geometric, abstract forms play in a palette of contrasting tones that are bold and impressive. His sculptures merge familiar real-world items together to create otherworldly creations.
Michael Swaney is a Barcelona-based Canadian artist. His child-like drawings bear resemblance to the aesthetic of Art Brut and the CoBrA collective, yet the energy and rainbow vitality of Swaney’s figures belong to a unique world of his own creation.
Delphine Hennelly is a Canadian artist living in Montreal. Her paintings often depict figures in 18th Century attire, delicately encased within a pastoral landscape. Hennelly’s use of colour and form creates a story-book world of tender encounters, reviving characters from a historical art world into the contemporary one in a chromatic burst of light.
Mioka Matsuura is a Japanese artist with a truly unique multimedia practice. Combining her talents for knitting, drawing and painting, Matsuura completes multiple stages (and works) to reach the end result. The charcoal drawings and subsequent paintings of her hand-knitted patchwork dolls capture the irregularity of these textile creations, whilst also highlighting humanity’s own imperfections and betrayal of predetermined form.