Shai Dahan soloutställning på Lars Bolin Gallery, Östersund 16 mars – 5 april

Lördag 16 mars till 15 april visas Shai Dahans soloutställning “A Class Divided” på galleri Lars Bolin i Östersund. Utställningen består av femton nyproducerade verk. Vernissage lördag 16 mars klockan 12.00-16.00. Läs hela pressmedelandet på engelska nedanför bilderna.

 “A Class Divided” Opens March 16, 2013 at Lars Bolin Gallery “A clever interpretation of the Romantic era by emerging contemporary urban artist, Shai Dahan”

Östersund, Sweden – Lars Bolin Gallery is pleased to announce A Class Divided, a solo exhibition by Shai Dahan featuring 15 new paintings; including “a world seen in a bell jar (the change of luck of the unlucky soldier)” the largest painting Shai has painted for an indoor showing. The opening reception will be held on March 16, 2013 from 12 to 4 and runs till April 5, 2013. Shai Dahan is one of the most regarded of the emerging contemporary urban artists today with a bright future.

A Class Divided takes a look at the separation of the classes during the Romantic era in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, where the world was on the brink of war and the upper class were filled with fashion, architectural beauty and a sophisticated lifestyle. Dahan unfolds…“this newest body of work captures a moment in time. Not just a time period, but a moment in those lives. From the man sitting with his dog, drinking, waiting for a woman to return, or the hunter gathering his hounds before they set off on a morning fox hunt pursuit.” While spending much time at the museums and looking at art from different time periods, Shai Dahan eventually became fascinated with the details of the Romantic era. The buildings, the cars, everything had its beauty. In an era where the colors of cars and clothes appeared dull, full of greys, browns, and earth colors, Dahan wanted to mix in vivid colors to make it the New-Romantic era.

The body of work presented in this exhibition is composed of three groups: The first is The Vandal Car Series, a small collection featuring a selection of exotic cars covered in hieroglyphic-like textures. Second is The Hunter and Hounds series, a small collection of red-coated fox hunters presented in a manner never seen before. In this series, Dahan captures the Drag Hunt using a mixture of dripping spray paint, graffiti tags and misplaced streaks creating a clever interpretation of how messy and uncontrolled the laws of fox hunting were. Third group is The Lifestyle and People series, a collection of lifestyle and persons represented by a “masked” design. The faces and body of the characters in this series are partially covered with graffiti spray. The idea was to eliminate facial expression and show that under this lavish lifestyle, people were as colorful as the person next to them.

About the artist:
Shai Dahan (born 1979) is an American contemporary painter and street artist who works with painting, drawing, illustrations and installations.

In 2007, Dahan moved from his hometown of Los Angeles to New York City where he participated in street-art projects such as the NYSAT, Underbelly Project, and MOM&POPism. He also began to exhibit his art with galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. In July 2012, Shai received recognition for his solo exhibition at the Borås Art Museum in Sweden. He was later featured as the opening keynote speaker at TEDx Göteborg in October 2012. After a well-received TEDx keynote speaking about his Street-Art projects, Shai is back to display a complete new set of works for this gallery exhibition.

Photographs and additional information regarding the artist are available upon request.

Gallery info:
Lars Bolin Gallery
Prästgatan 12
831 31 Östersund
+46 73 414 76 99

Artist info:
Shai Dahan