«Decoration, interior design and fashion inspire the visions of for my paintings.» — Ilk, 2017.
Being torn between geek and street culture as well as growing up in the Parisian suburbs and therefore glimpsing various traditions, was a rewarding experience for Ilk. The exhibition entitled Catwalk gives an insight in a multifaceted body of work, which contains canvases as well as ceramics. Kolly Gallery is proud to present Ilk’s first solo show in Zurich from October 12 to November 11, 2017.
The two-folded title of the exhibition reveals the multi-interested and creative character of the artist. Not only cats as well as fashion but also watermelons, plants and chains are part of Ilk’s visual repertoire and creative practice. Ilk’s symbolic language merges elements of his daily life and his personal interests, which gives his artworks an organic yet graphic, surrealistic and psychedelic aesthetic. The extensive palette of influences does not stop there: as an enthusiast of Black Metal music, Blizzard video games, horror movies, Ilk simultaneously loves old Walt Disney cartoons of the 1930s, like Mickey Mouse’s Steamboat Willie or The Skeleton Dance. While observing Ilk’s paintings and ceramics analogies to Art Brut, Raw Art and Folk Art come to the surface. Not only in its formalism but also in its concept. The utilization of daily elements and the act of painting as a reflection and purification of the own mind is a mutual part of Art Brut and Ilk’s creative practice. A further characteristic of this art form is the exemplifying powerful originality, not stifled by education, socialization or even institutionalization. In contrast to many contemporary artist’s endeavors for their art to be exhilarating and sensational, Ilk appreciates the very simple and contemplative appeal of his paintings. While his pieces may seem disturbing and bewildering at the first look, they express a positive and quirky vibe and demonstrate a remarkable sense for color combinations. Welcome to Ilk’s beautiful, surreal and unique world of eclecticism!
Tania Di Brita