‘Moon on a Stick’ is the super limited titled edition of a site-specific showcase of meditative work by London-based artist Xenz called “The Moon On A Stick”. The edition is a hand-crafted Fluorescent Smogg x Xenz Portfolio containing 4 monotone prints, using a variety of screen printing techniques on 300 gsm Fabriano smooth paper (deckled edges). Includes a hand painted original.
The showcase presents a new series of focused monochromatic illustrations and marks a brief departure from the artist’s vibrant idiosyncratic style.The peculiarities of our ever-evolving landscape continue to inspire the city native, with the exhibition coinciding with the May full moon and emergence of a new season. Xenz extends his line of enquiry to explore the effects the lunar cycle has on various natural elements surrounding us, including the water and tides as well as our own involuntary and habitual responses. The hand-finished body of work was inspired by wildlife courtship rituals and innate survival instincts, drawing stark similarities between that of our natural environment and humanistic tendencies. The reflective painter displays a confident array of distinctive mark-making within each piece, confidently smearing and retracting paint to leave impressionistic markers reminiscent of Asian art influences.
Xenz’s opulent wildlife scenes are replaced with a stripped-back colour palette, creating arresting compositions that highlight our post-industrial landscape with dreamlike execution. Bridging the gap between graffiti and decorative fine art, Xenz’s work is both grounded in the present and provides a welcome escapism from contemporary routine. The contemplative artist addresses themes of identity, relationship, success and competition increasingly associated with modern life, and presents a pensive look at the current state of things.
Alongside ‘Moon on a Stick’ a hand finished 6-colour screen print edition titled ‘Super Moon’ will also be released. The multifaceted print release will be accompanied by a unique site-specific takeover of the Barcelona project space, extending ideas intrinsic to the print’s development and incorporating a series of unique artworks. A limited run of black and white show posters will also be available to purchase exclusively on the opening night.
Hand-crafted Fluorescent Smogg x Xenz Portfolio containing 4 monotone prints, using a variety of screen printing techniques on 300 gsm Fabriano smooth paper (deckled edges). Includes hand painted original. Size: 42 x 29cm Edition: 5 Authenticity: Signed and numbered by the artist. View Artist's full profile View edition