20 March – 26 April 2015
Hang-Up Gallery presents an exclusive new exhibition Monster that launches a brand new collection of multi-media originals and limited editions by the highly talented artist Magnus Gjoen.
Inspired by an FBI article analysing the mind of a serial killer and their preoccupation with fantasy as children, Gjoen explores the fragility of the psyche with a new abstracted and graphic direction. The unique exhibition will portray a refined evolution of the artists trademark juxtaposition technique. By combining delicate, decorative imagery with bold geometric shapes and primary colours, Monster illustrates the complex, yet confused mind of a serial killer.
Gjoen has de-constructed and simplified his artworks with a view to challenge perceptions of beauty versus evil. The representation of innocence through the use primitive shape and form overlaid with dreamlike images creatively examines how fantasy can often play an integral role in the creation of a monster.
Since his first solo show with Hang-Up Gallery in 2013, Gjoen has developed an extensive international following and collector base. The artist has displayed work in numerous prestigious London Art Galleries and International Art Fairs including London Art Fair and Miami Basel, with many of his editions selling out soon after their release. 2015 is set to be another important year for Gjoen, with his work showing at the Scope Art Fair in New York followed by a solo show with Soze Gallery in Los Angeles.
About Magnus Gjoen
Gjoen brings a touch of punk- sensibility to the art tradition. His fashion background infuses Magnus’ art, re-thinking old concepts and re-interpreting them for the contemporary climate. Working to shed new light on past treasures, Magnus’ prints alters the relationships between the viewer and the preconceived notions of objects; something which is ostensibly powerful and destructive is transfigured into beautiful and fragile objects of art, be it weapons, animals or the human race itself. Taking inspiration from the street and pop art and juxtaposing it with fine art, Magnus creates new and modern, takes on old masterpieces, questioning the correlation between religion, war beauty, destruction and art. His art at once uplifting and damning; this is salvation for a godless generation.
Hang-Up is a London based contemporary art gallery located in the vibrant and bohemian neighbourhood of Stoke Newington. The gallery presents a dynamic exhibition program and shows both young artists at the early stages of their careers alongside established names from the art world.
Hang-Up was formed in 2008 as an online gallery, launching as a street art website specialising in highly collectible and sought after limited edition prints. In spring 2015 Hang-Up Gallery have taken the decision to open a dedicated space housing a revolving collection of Banksy artworks.