A couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to assist to the opening of “I’ll Bring You Flowers”, a solo exhibition by Vienna based artist Peter Phobia, curated by THE ART UNION as part of an exchange program between Vienna and Berlin based artists.
With ‘I’ll Bring You Flowers’ Peter Phobia presents a new body of work that deals with a society that is perpetually connected through social media, taking this as its main source for information. The world of superficiality that social media represents makes it even more difficult to filter reliable information sources. Peter Phobia’s collage-like illustration work readopts aesthetics from the late 70s and 80s, inviting the viewer to explore and experience the inherent melancholy of his pieces. It is the spirit of a time that marks the last ‘analog’ decade, just before internet started completely changing our lives and perception of reality.
Phobia’s work is characterised by the satire of the mundane, inviting the viewer to reflect on the excesses of consumerism and cultural exchange.
“I’ll Bring You Flowers” 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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