Specters into Signals

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detail from: violet execution, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 60 X 50 Cm © Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
Specters into Signals

Friedrichstraße 123
10117 Berlin
February 6th, 2010 - March 31st, 2010

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Tuesday to Saturday, 11 to 6


We are pleased to invite you to the opening reception of „Specters into Signals“, a solo exhibition by the Canadian artist Shannon Finley at Christian Ehrentraut gallery.

In his bright coloured paintings, Finley constructs multiple layers of paint on top of each other and creates prismatic spaces and figures. Translucent collage-like shapes evoke geometrically abstracted formations seemingly holographic and three-dimensional.

The flow of colour, reflections, strong contrasts of glossy and matt, bright fluorescent and glitter irritate the eye. Some sections seem highlighted, others vanish. His painting demand more than an immediate encounter.

Finley references contemporary pop culture and the esthetics of early videogames. At the same time he reuses ideas of colour mysticism and sacral arts and translates his paintings to an almost spiritual realm.

Shannon Finley was born in Ontario, Canada in 1974 and studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (1993 - 1999) and at the Cooper Union, New York (1997). In 2007, he moved to Berlin where he lives and works. This is his first solo exhibition in Berlin. The exhibition will be accompanied by an artistbook with original prints, published by LUBOK Verlag.

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