[ARENA] Opening: Flaggen der Welt by Joao Felino at rosalux

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New opening at rosalux:

Flaggen der Welt

Joao Felino
Opening: April 24 2015, 7 pm
April 25-May 22 2015
by appointment
Open during the Kolonie Wedding weekend on
FRI  7-10 pm
SAT 3-6 pm

The Berlin based art office
Wriezener Str. 12
13359 Berlin
Johns' early style is perfectly exemplified by the lush reticence of  
the large monochrome White Flag of 1955.
The American flag subject is typical of Johns' use of quotidian  
imagery in the mid-to late 1950s. As he explained, the imagery derives  
from "things the mind already knows", utterly familiar icons such as  
flags, targets, stenciled numbers, ale cans, and, slightly later, maps  
of the U.S.
In other words, the meaning of the flag in Johns' art suggests the  
extent to which the "meaning" of this subject matter may be fluid and  
open to continual reinterpretation.

Nan Rosenthal
Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Since the first solo show in 1993, On(e) Painting, held at Galeria  
Quadrum gallery, a venue run by artists under Dulce D'Agro leadership  
and one of the most relevant art venues during the 70's and 80's in  
Lisboa, Joao Felino has been presenting an extensive group of projects  
in an ongoing research driven by diverse media. Works on paper,  
drawing, collage, painting, photography, sculpture, found objects  
based works, video and multimedia, performance, installation, with a  
strong emphasis on text based works.
A body of work strongly rooted in a historical and conceptual  
framework that takes art also as a problematic category from its  
creation and presentation to its reception.
Group Show at Jack presents, another artist-run space in Lisboa, till  
now the most recent solo exhibition, drawing from a group of some of  
these projects, is the one that basically best describes and  
summarizes in its title my work process and methodology in the context  
of art practice from all forms of representation, artistically but  
also politically, socially, and scientifically. A survey on how  
artists working with photography today, for instance, respond to those  
issues that are specific to photographic processes even if through  
other media, from the stages of execution and production to those of  
reception and consumption.
Works that deny the prejudice that recent developments in the process  
and practice of photography or painting, have shrunk or narrowed each  
medium’s congenial sphere. On the contrary, they have opened a  
regenerative space suggesting reflective insights into the complexity  
of images and how they are conceived, produced and disseminated.
His most recent solo exhibition Flags of the World was held at MUDE -  
Museu do Design e da Moda, from last May the 22nd to August the 31st,  
2014, and newspaper paintings ' desenhos preliminares, A Montra, both  
in Lisboa.  
Upcoming solo exhibitions include Flaggen der Welt, rosalux, Berlin  
and All the News That's Fit to Print, first solo show in New York, and  
the group show Entre o Sul e o Sueste - Arte Portuguesa de Hoje,  
curated by Fernando Francés, Imagomundiart project, Benetton  
Foundation, cac – centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, in 2015.
Please check out the link below, where you can find besides the
previous text all the flags from the Wavin' the Flag  series, installed on
the rosalux main room.

Joao Felino ' Flags of the World

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