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Controlled Entropy

Controlled Entropy, organized by 81 Leonard Gallery and Uncommon Beauty Gallery, is Taher Jaoui, the Tunisian-born, Berlin-based artist's first solo presentation in the U.S, featuring three bodies of paintings from 2019 and a new sculpture from 2020 that has never been shown before.

A self-taught artist, Jaoui is not afraid of expressing himself through a full palette and a wide array of textures. In his paintings, various colors and forms – sometimes abstract, sometimes semi-figurative, and sometimes mathematical signs and numbers — are choreographed into a wild dance, reaching to every corner of the canvas. As highlighted in the Wall Street International Magazine, “Taher Jaoui’s cosmos is always in motion.” While his creative process is spontaneous – layering oil, enamel, spray paint and charcoal on canvas until the continuously changing elements settle into a harmony – the seemingly impulsive way of artmaking is grounded in his strong familiarity with various materials and his capability to predict and respond to them quickly.

As indicated by the exhibition title, Controlled Entropy, Jaoui’s work is a playground of a free soul and a rational mind, and so is Jaoui himself. Growing up in a scientists’ family, Jaoui was once a financial engineer. Before becoming a visual artist, he was an actor for a few years, during which he learned to use body and movement to convey his feelings — something he found in common in making art. He was also inspired by early Abstract Expressionistic theories that consider ideas of quantum mechanics in the conceptualization. As a result, Jaoui’s work is a game of intuition and reason.

The unconstrained raw energy in Jaoui’s paintings further flows into the third dimension. In addition to Jaoui’s renowned work on canvas, the exhibition also looks into the artist’s most recent experiment with spatial expansion. The audience will see Jaoui’s new sculpture A Can Opener for Penguins (2020) that is built from dozens of colorful 3D printed pieces, all hand-mounted into a sophisticated, intertwined structure. The title refers to a surreal moment in David Fincher’s Fight Club in which Edward Norton’s character met a sliding penguin, an embodiment of his subconsciousness. Through this sculpture, Jaoui frees his own subconsciousness, manifested as many different elements in a painting under the same title from 2019, and brings these elements to life in the three-dimensional space.

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Date

Feb 06 - Feb 28, 2020

Contact

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Artworks

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A Can Opener for Penguins

A Can Opener for Penguins

Don’t Pretend Nothing is Wrong

A Girl That Doesn’t Exist

I Can't Wait Forever

It’s a Chronic Case

It’s All About Milking the Cow

It's Never Your Fault

It Was a False Flag

Me Dreaming About You

Mildlife Crisis

No One Could Do It Better

Silence is Key

What Happens in Vegas

Words Ain't Free

Taher Jaoui > <

A Can Opener for Penguins

A Can Opener for Penguins

Don’t Pretend Nothing is Wrong

A Girl That Doesn’t Exist

I Can't Wait Forever

It’s a Chronic Case

It’s All About Milking the Cow

It's Never Your Fault

It Was a False Flag

Me Dreaming About You

Mildlife Crisis

No One Could Do It Better

Silence is Key

What Happens in Vegas

Words Ain't Free

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