A couple of weeks ago opened POLIFICATION, a new group show at PlasticMurs gallery in Valencia, Spain featuring the work of Spanish and international artists like Etnik (IT), Jessica Hess (US), Manolo Mesa,Mohamed Lghacham and Sebas Velasco (ES).
POLIFICATION, a linguistic construction that derives from the words Polis (Greek for city) and Polify (to make something useless in a careless way), speaks about our relationship to the city, the constant development of the urban landscape that surrounds us, and how we relate to it. The exhibition offers an intimate and nostalgic portrait of the city seeing through the eyes of these five artists, focusing on its overwhelming and uncontrolled growth, and what these changes mean for them.
Manolo Mesa and Mohamed Lghacham depict ordinary cityscapes from either suburban areas or quite streets. There is something nostalgic about these desolated scenes establishing a direct dialogue with the viewer and making us participant of it. Much of the same can be said of Jessica Hess’ work. Cropped views of urban cityscapes where she carefully constructs hyperrealistic paintings highly saturated with street art and graffiti. Playing with the ephemeral character of street art, Hess manages to capture a moment in time that will last forever, at least in her paintings.
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