Thursday, 25 March 2010
[Simon Johan explores] the human predilection toward fantasy and emotional fulfillment… through the depictions of animals who mirror human conventions. A pair of dreamy foxes in a park during a snowstorm appears to be crying; a llama with a poodle haircut exhibits flamboyance. He creates mythical landscapes that hover in a space between fantasy and reality, emotion and reason, desire and fear, artifice and nature. Pastel colors, misty settings and fuzzy animals create beauty and wonder, but bloody noses, artificial hair and strangely knowing expressions suggest a darker reality.
Nature is full of wonder. Just venture out into the woods and look around you: observe the bears and listen to the birds. We live in a world full of life - life that we increasingly keep taking for granted.