Closing Reception: House of Lies - Johan Wahlstrom at Van Der Plas Gallery

Van Der Plas Gallery

156 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

This exhibition has been featured in Wall Street International, Bedford and Bowery, Art Fuse and will be in this weekend's issue Autre Magazine.

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In "House of Lies", Johan Wahlstrom depicts a world full of deception, ignorance and chaos.

With simple bold brushstrokes of black, gray and red paint Wahlstrom renders lynch mobs, religious extremists and a little girl hugging a bomb. In one painting there are crowds of skeletons painted behind Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and in another, an enraged Donald Trump is waving a gun towards his own head.

The monochromatic painting, "Let us take you down part 2" features distorted faces with streaks of black tears bounding them together. from a slight distance the tears resemble bars of a prison and it is just that kind of juxtaposition that Wahlstrom sets out to achieve. 'I see myself as a storyteller reflecting on the human condition. I want to challenge the viewer to consider the silent inner anguish we suffer as a result of letting the greed run rampant in our world.'

Many of Wahlstrom's compositions lack a central figure, ever reminding us that in our denial of endless lies we can no longer be individuals but only shallow replicas of the same suffering.

Johan Wahlstrom, Born 1959, Stockholm, Sweden. Lives and works in Malaga, Spain.

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Saturday, 19 December, 2015

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