TRXTR: Dystopia - Signal Gallery
DYSTOPIA, artist TRXTR’s second solo show at Signal Gallery, will be on display from April 19 to May 11, 2013.
The artist, known as TRXTR, finds himself looking at a world gone mad with excess. For him the problem is that ‘in every way the Genie is out of the bottle and has become so bloated and addictive there is no way it will go back and our wishes are all used up’.
The visual imagery he uses to expresses his feelings about this complex situation we find ourselves in is overloaded with apparently random detail. The effect is seductive nearly to the point of no return.
But as the artist says ‘what ever you invent has implications with teeth. I don’t even pretend to know what to do about it, it’s a mess and all I seem to be able to do is make pictures about it. It’s like sketching a train crash’.
TRXTR’s use of digital media, combined with traditional paint application, gives him the freedom to explore the varied visual material he identifies as representing his apocalyptic vision.
The focus is undoubtedly on women, who are represented as glamorous puppets or robots surrounded by military hardware and general chaos or are seen infected by psychedelic patterns, as if from a regurgitated Sixties fantasy. An underlying sadness can be felt, despite the superficial playfulness of the works.
This new series of works is a tour de force of colour and strong imagery and sees TRXTR moving on to a new level of imaginative mark making.
TRXTR continues to develop his reputation as an artist of note both nationally and internationally, with this second solo show at Signal Gallery. He had his first solo show in the USA last year and has had considerable auction room success both at Bonhams and Dreweatts.
Signal Gallery, 32 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4LB