Joan Cornellà's new solo exhibition, 'Keep It Real', will debut in April at the GR Gallery. (Shutterstock/OTOBOR)
The Spanish artist Joan Cornellà's latest solo exhibition, "Keep It Real," will open on April 26 at the GR Gallery.
The show features a variety of 20 artworks, including works on canvas and paper, prints and a mix of merchandise. Alongside some of his signature pieces, the Catalan-born artist will display also new artworks --most of which will tackle environmental issues.
An immediate eye-grabber from the exhibition portrays a woman savoring a dish made of a turtle trapped in a plastic six-pack ring.
"With no shame or fear to offend the viewer, Cornellà insists in depicting surreal and macabre situations, always strongly connected with the latest society issues, where the characters cynically, but always cheerfully, do what should never be done," explained GR Gallery in a statement.
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Joan Cornellà is renowned for his darkly humorous comic strips, staging various morbid scenarios. His work is reminiscent of 1950s advertising or airline safety pamphlets, featuring figures who all share a generic blank smile and bright cheery color palette.
"In my comics characters are like plastic and always have a big smile even though horrible things happen to them constantly. Everything is exaggerated, although certain behaviors can relate to real life," he explained in a statement.
"Keep It Real" will be on show at the GR Gallery, in New York, from April 26 to May 26.