15/07/2022 - 13/08/2022
New Work - Painting
Edin Zenun - Lullaby for Realville
BASTIAN London is delighted to present Lullaby for Realville, the first solo exhibition in London by Edin Zenun. The show is comprised of twenty-six small and medium scale abstract paintings which appropriate, distil, riff-on and assimilate music, utopian political philosophy, art history, lavatory graffiti and music. While these influences are not always visually apparent, Zenun configures these influences in abstractive form, a process he likens to musical sampling.
The exhibition’s title is a song by the jazz composer Sun Ra and highlights the importance of music in Zenun’s work. Some of the paintings in Lullaby for Realville are named after songs and record sleeves are another key inspiration. Sun Song 2, 2022, is illustrative of how the imagery merges into abstractive depiction, combining not only psychedelic album covers but also the19th century educational illustrations of ocean life by Ernst Haeckel. The paintings themselves are stripped down, condensing this welter of ideas within a minimalist aesthetic. Other inspirations include graffiti. ‘It is in itself a language where the letters become abstract sounds,’ Zenun says, ‘and the way it is written is like a portrait of its author.’
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