SETUP Art Fair 2017 | Autostazione, Piazza XX Settembre, 6 – Bologna

Artists: Martin Whatson, Pure Evil, Stikki Peaches
Date: 26th January 2017/29th January 2017
Opening: Thursday, 26th January 2017 @8 PM

According to Soren Kierkegaard – danish philosopher, theologian and writer – to dare is to lose on’s footing momentarily, not to dare is to lose oneself. This brief quote is perfectly akin to Martina’s Gallery state of mind.

The Gallery, founded in 2015, face the world of international Art without a prefabricated format or setup. Our approach is to be fearless, courageous, to seek, try, believe and understand all is new and fresh. In italy, a country where traditions are culturally radicated, it’s extremely difficult to be bold and go against the flow of a grounded artistic way, but it’s right in this situation we can lose our “footing”, by saying no to the establishment, homogeneity and peer pressure.

In equilibrium is the title of this exposition project that sees four artists as its main characters: Martin Whatson, Pure Evil, Stikki Peaches. In this miscellaneous choice we can find famous names of the international scenery, becoming exponent of a broader consideration in their contents. To dare means, for undetermined time, to be on precarious balance between truth and doubt. Nothing ventured nothing gained, that’s how you get lost in yourself. To lose yourself means to feel your way in the dark, not knowing what to do, reaching out with your hands, blinded, walking lost timelessly.

In equilibrium is food for thought, about the actual unbalanced condition of our own reality, our dare today to achieve our goals tomorrow. Four Artists, four nations, four different ways to think and create.

In equilibrium highlights people and arts that are diametrically opposed at first sight, but for an attentive eye they have clear connections and points of impact that suggests a vision of the present through their artworks. The geographical choice is key to try and tell how art changes according to social, economical, political and cultural conditions of each country, as well as the receptiveness of its people.

Martin Whatson propose a collection of silk-screen printing, depicting still life reworked through his street-art point of view. We can see a classical poetry facing the graffiti roughness for a one of a kind result.

Pure Evil, is an accomplished street artist trained at Bristol academy, displays iconic faces, symbols of the Pop-culture, with a marking tear to express their hidden side.

Stikki Peaches realizes huge canvas revolutionising and the concept of ICON, debunking the idol putting it into a humanized and “normal” state with which anybody can relate to. Contextualising and Actualising the ideal to the globally renowned.

Stikki Peaches
Love Kate, 2016
Mixed on canvas