Fusing vibrant compositions with tribal elements and oodles of psychic energy, Charlene Vanneste’s alchemical canvases will boggle your brain
Abstract art gets crunked up with alien hieroglyphics and cool cryptic codes.
Charlene Vanneste’s paintings and pictorial zings fascinate through their complex surfaces and cool, multicultural references. Integrating post-modern themes with indigenous elements and all kinds of bizzaro-world ephemera, the French-Indo whizkid makes rich visual whammies that will make you feel happy and wholesome at the same time. Despite their stylization approaching abstraction, her motifs refer to globalization in all its vectors and vicissitudes, in intricate compositions that incorporate themes from North Sumatran, Indonesia (where she grew up); in shamanistic-like alien hieroglyphics that will colonize and hypnotize your brain; and through effervescent shimmerings and cool hybrid constructs. Charlene is a frisky artist-insurgent who intentionally works irregularities and provocations into her ouevre. For instance, she reduces her figurative depictions of people, places and patterns into slick symbols and emulates hackneyed consumerist messages using subversive corporatist logos, memes, or presenting commentary about the Great Pacific Trash Vortex and other eco woes in clever and cryptic ways. Her killer combos of freestyle typography with monochrome/multicolored mash-ups make for a powerful showcase of targeted critiques and amazing abstraction. Tonight she will be presenting her newest Dialogues series in cahoots with Symbolic Creative at Parasol Projects – 208 Bowery, New York City. We’ll be there! Sneak peak below…
Images via Charlene Vanneste
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