Joan Cornellà: A Hong Kong Themed Solo Exhibition (6-21 May)
Space 27 HK
Saturday, 6 May 2017, 11:00
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Factotum Productions & Gallery 27 Present:
Joan Cornellà: A Hong Kong Themed Solo Exhibition.
Dates: 6th - 21st May 2017
Time: 11:00 - 21:00
Venue: Space 27 HK
Tickets price: $50
Tickets available at: https://www.ticketflap.com/joan-cornella
(To avoid last show's long queues and waiting times we have tripled exhibition space area, extended the number of days and set-up a pre-sale ticket system distributed by hour slots. Choose the date and time you wish to attend and buy in advance so as to assure your access to the show as there are a limited amount of tickets on sale x hour and day).
Joan Cornellà has taken a month-long stay in Hong Kong during the whole of January 2017. During this time he has been navigating and investigating the city by partying (hard) and working (soft), trying to absorb and digest its essence. This tenure has given him a chance to explore and reflect about Hong Kong. In line with the naïve (.) and satirical nature of his works, Cornellà unveils the carpet covering the city so as to allow us to see what is underneath, he sheds light to the shit, all inundated with the artist’s unique disquieting humour.
Gallery 27 and Factotum Productions are pleased to jointly present this solo exhibition from 6th to 21st of May 2017 by the Barcelona-born cartoonist. It is the artist’s 2nd exhibition in Hong Kong since his massively-successful debut show last year, and for the first time he is presenting a series of new works inspired by the city.
By taking part in this exhibition as exhibition partner, Gallery 27 brings along the expertise of organising local and regional art and design exhibitions for this project, by providing comprehensive support from curatorial advice to event operations and merchandise production.
A total number of 38 of yet un-exhibited works will be presented at the show, alongside a totally unseen set of limited edition prints and a series of his latest merchandise items, all available for purchase during the 3-week exhibition. Founder of Gallery 27, Alan Chan 陳幼堅 will be co-developing an object-based exhibit with the artist specially for the Hong Kong exhibition.
About Joan Cornellà
Joan Cornellà Vázquez (born 11 January 1981, Barcelona) is a cartoonist and illustrator famous for his unsettling, surreal humor and black humorous comic strips as well as artwork.
Cornellà’s work has often been described as disturbing or flat-out offensive. Through simplistic visual language, he is able to use satire to comment on the sinister and often bleak side of human nature through a myriad of unconventional scenarios. Everything from our unnatural connection to social media and masturbatory selfie culture to political topics such as abortion, addiction and gender issues - no subject is off limits. Cornellà’s work revels in its absurdity and impropriety.
Upon first glance, Cornellà’s work seems light-hearted and playful, his figures all share a generic blank smile and bright cheery color palette (akin to 1950’s advertising or Airline safety pamphlets) Upon further inspection however, the overwhelming morbidness and unnerving nature shines through with unparalleled force. Black comedy, at it’s core, is about satirizing subjects that are traditionally prohibited, things that are seen as too sacred or off limits. Cornellà pokes fun at such topics and cuts to their core with gags and minimal visual clues, illustrating scenes of cannibalism, infanticide, deification, murder, suicide and amputation (used most frequently). While some feel affronted by his work, many connect over it, laughing and feeling bad for laughing all at the same time.
Thought-provoking, honest and incredibly entertaining, Cornellà's work is truly sincere and holds real potency in its message, even when disguised through blatant humor. In the artist’s own words: “I think we all laugh at misery. We must start from the idea that when we laugh, we laugh at someone or something. With empathy or not, there is always some degree of cruelty. In spite of that, I am aware that if one of my cartoons happened in real life I would not laugh at all”.
In September 2016 Chicago-based alternative band Wilco released its tenth studio album, Schmilco, for which Joan designed the cover.