Commencing this week, and over the next month, the wildly talented Austrian artist Nychos has his debut solo exhibition – called IKON - at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.
Nychos is a street artist, illustrator and painter whose signature style blends themes of morbid corporeality with a colorful, outlandish aesthetic. Inspired by comics, heavy metal, graffiti and his upbringing in a traditional Viennese hunting family, his work reveals the skeletal and internal structure of cartoon-like characters. With impeccable attention to detail, Nychos implements methods of “dissection, cross-section, meltdown and translucence” to juxtapose the beauty and grotesque nature of the body.
For IKON, Nychos created a portrait series of celebrities and fictional characters whose images have been burned into our minds and we’ve grown accustomed to perceiving superficially. With a particular focus on icons from the 1980s, this new body of work shows the profound influence that media had on the artist during his formative years. By dismantling their anatomy he explores the humanity that exists underneath the mask of celebrity and confronts viewers with the core elements we all have in common: flesh and bones.
This new series of work explores the evolution of pop culture while also commenting on developments that have come to plague society over recent decades. Visitors will be confronted with images such as a rubber ducky liquefying into polluted water, a Barbie doll whose face has melted into a cancerous drip and other socio-ecological crises.
[The above text was sourced from the Gallery’s site.]