I went to Venice this weekend and was surprised to see the artist who decorated some of the terminal paths in Gatwick airport London – Joseph Klibansky- having an exhibit at the Palazzo Franchetti in Venice!
The often-perceived soothing prettiness of Klibansky’s work can be experienced as positively numbing the senses of the viewer. An image that in first instance looks harmless and merely pretty is actually a smoke curtain for the real matter at hand, an open mind can attempt to peel back the multi coloured layers of eye candy and distil the core of the message.
Joseph Klibansky makes large-scale, idealistic digital paintings that are built up through hundreds of layers of photography enriched with acrylic paint on archival cotton paper overlaid with a liquid resin. His work conveys a layering and compression of time, space and place creating new narratives by creating dreamy images of cities, combining past and future, with a dramatic dynamism that for the artist becomes a way of signifying his perception of the rapidly changing digital culture as well as suggesting an unravelling of his personal biography.
Here are the artworks I loved most! So hard to pick and choose!
PS: I spent about 2h staring at the pictures and every time I looked at them I saw just a little bit more, a detail, a face I recognized, a scene from a movie. I believe he captures the quintessence of a nation quite well by picking an iconic city and then going through what makes a country known worldwide. Can you tell which city is which?