When anthropomorphic figures, representing body and soul, remind of complete beings – it must be Monkeybird showing at Pretty Portal gallery. The French duo crew, based in Paris, have progressed hugely in the last couple of years and have brought to the public, some jaw droping, wall creations and installations as well as stunning gallery shows.
Monkeybird´s work show a search for balance between dreams and reality. Loaded with symbols and allegries, their pieces are an emotional and rational discussion about human progress. Most MonkeyBird artworks incorporate a humanoid monkey and bird, which represent the two faces of humankind, the monkey being the realist, and the bird being a dreamer. The artists try to follow the ancestor’s knowledge and adapt it to reach the modern citizens mind, with symbolic pictures. Monkeybird are inspired by ephemeral monumentality, religious and mythological paintings and art nouveaux.
The two artists met in the street of Bordeaux in 2009. One of them was looking for a change in his graffiti and the other a change in framework and identity. With a background in graphic design, as well as object and industrial design they developed an artistic aesthetic, which contains technique-driven stenciling. collages, spray painting, drawing, carving, silkscreen printing and engraving.
With friendly support from Alla Goldshteyn Curation
BETWEEN HERE AND NOW
Opening reception 29.11. 19-22h
Show 02.12.19 – 31.01.20
MO – FR 11am-7pm
and by appointment