On the occasion of this year’s Berlin Art Week, THE ART UNION will be presenting “I’ll Bring You Flowers”, a solo exhibition by Vienna based artist Peter Phobia as part of an exchange program between Vienna and Berlin based artists.
With ‘I’ll Bring You Flowers’ Peter Phobia will be presenting a new body of work that deals with a society that is perpetually connected through social media and therefore taking this as a main platform for political information and education. In a world where it seems to be the most desirable thing to be well-presented and acclaimed in the online cosmos, it get’s harder and harder to filter scam and reliable information. It is therefore no surprise that when we look at Peter Phobia’s collage work, which readopts aesthetics of the late 70s and 80s, immediately invites the viewer to share a feeling of sweet melancholy. It is the spirit of a time that marks the last ‘analog’ decade, before the introduction of the internet completely changed our lives.
His work is characterised by the satire of the mundane representing a starting point for the audience to reflect on the excesses of consumerism and cultural exportation, seeking to derive a personal conclusion from themes that were previously confined to the realm of common sense.
“I’ll Bring You Flowers” opens on September 15 and runs through October 1 at Sound of Snow, Dieffenbachstr. 37 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
About the artist
Peter Phobia is an artist currently living in Vienna, Austria. Predominantly focussing on drawing, his works range from small pieces to larger than life formats. Even though his use of color is mostly restrained and limited it still has a strong impact on his work. The use of written elements in form of quotes and excerpts of texts play an important role in his art and often complement the visual parts in his pieces.
He is deeply influenced by pop culture, everyday life observations and often comments on the human being within society. His work is rather a statement but an open invitation to reflect on current topics in society.
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