Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn, and so it is that after the solo exhibition at Palazzo Velli in 2018 JonOne returns to Rome for a new disruptive exhibition. The Sun-Downs exhibition aims to make the viewer dream, just as happens when standing in front of a sunset.
The artworks selected for the show are studies of emotions depicted on paper, full of passion and colour. The gallery is exhibiting for the first time a body of works on paper, thirty unique mixed media pieces created by JonOne exclusively for the event in which ink, gouache and spray paint are mixed. The main characteristic of these works, as of JonOne’s unmistakable art, is the extraordinary energy released through the intersection of lines, letters and splashes of colour.
It is from these works that the artist’s connection to the New York graffiti world and the impetus of Abstract Expressionism emerges. JonOne, thanks to his irrepressible instinct to create, imprints a unique force in his works that becomes a projection of the emotional impulses innate in each of us.
In September 2021, Wunderkammern hosted Vibrations, JonOne’s last Italian monographic exhibition, at its Milan venue. On display were a series of canvases conceived as colour explosions that aspired to make the visitor vibrate with emotion. Sun-Downs is in continuity with the Milan exhibition, it is a deep and intense introspective research that wants to empathise and get to the heart of the viewer.
JonOne will be present during the opening night. In addition to the works, you will be able to admire an installation created by the artist on a wall of mirrors set up in the Wunderkammern gallery space at Via Giulia 180.
Exceptionally, on the occasion of the event organised by Wunderkammern, it will be possible to admire, by booking a visit to the exhibition, the artistic intervention that JonOne made last October on the palisade in the inner courtyard of Palazzo Farnese. By incorporating a Roman inscription found on a 55 BC cippus preserved in the basement of the Institut Français building into his unmistakable calligraphy, the artist combines contemporaneity and antiquity in a personal and original vision.
Curated by Giuseppe Pizzuto
Critical essay by Fanny Borel
Wunderkammern Rome, via Giulia 180
From 9 June to 9 July
From Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-2pm / 3pm-7pm