From the 9th of  October to 20th of  November 2010 – 101/exhibit 101 NE 40th street
Approaching his work with a sense of its place in art history, Grün is very much a painter’s painter. Grinding his own pigments rather than finding them commercially, Grün seeks to establish a link between the current day and the age from which he draws his stylistic inspiration. Recalling Flemish masters Van Dyck and Rubens, Grün’s work typically sets nude figures against idyllic landscapes but with modern interpretations and representations of mythological and religious themes. His figures are rendered with a classical sense of realism in their detail and are frequently featured in movement or contortion. And though Grün follows a pre-meditated and prescribed language from a compositional point of view, his work absolutely transcends any possible banality or cliché, as it is painted with ferocity, unafraid to approach the darker sides of the sources of its inspiration. As such, the work seems to dare the viewer, flaunting its ability to use a language anew, self-assured in its aesthetic harmony.
Better explained by the artist, Gabriel writes “My work aspires to follow in the tradition of great western painting by using the language developed roughly up to the baroque. This means a particular way of conceiving the work in the mind’s eye and of using this pictorial alphabet. Formulas condition much of what is conveyed and some artistic freedom may seem to be lost, but I have learnt to take delight and full advantage of working in the constraints of rigid methods, and that doing so is the surest way to achieve mastery. I never try to force a contemporary look into my work, it is inevitably so.”
Painted in large scale, as Grün is wont to do, Gaia features a nude and pregnant mother earth lying on her back in classical pose in the midst of a paradisal garden landscape with the beginnings of life surrounding her. She raises an egg above her head, eyeing it on the way to the heavens, recalling the myth of the parthenogenic birth of Uranus and the sky, and the forthcoming creation of a world, a mythology, and a way of understanding.
Grün, born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, has exhibited at Art Madrid, ArteBA, and the Cultural Center of Recoleta, Buenos Aires, among numerous other renowned spaces and galleries. He was only trained formally for a brief period before breaking away from a constrictive educational system that he finds contrary to his style as an artist. Grün made headlines with his notorious painting of the mythological Hermafrodita when it was displayed in the Recoleta Cultural Center next door to the church and the famous cemetery.

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