Oil on canvas
14’’ x 18’’ This piece is based on an original photo taken by a forensic doctor in Ukraine who’s name I cant mention. It shows a deceased lady lying in the bed of her apartment where she lived alone. She was found recently after her death. This painting is to be watched while listening to a true story by someone who experienced the death of her mom. I can’t mention her name for reasons that will become apparent.
The concept and purpose of this piece is to naturalize the experience of death. It until today, more evidently in some cultures than others, remains as a taboo subject that many prefer to ignore. This creates fears and anxiety towards it. Even though this is by default a tragic experience, it is avoided in an unhealthy way, not only when it occurs but also in a very conceptual and existential way just pushed aside to be dealt with at an old age. This feeds the need for religion, an unsociable search for meaning, and the perpetuation of ones life from a harmful and even dangerous standpoint.
This piece is homage to mundanity.
To hear the recording click here: https://soundcloud.com/axel-void/life
Liberty City, Miami.
This mural is painted in the playground of the St Johannes Kindergarten. It depicts a boy holding a house he built out of small wooden sticks, creating an lology with the house on which it is painted. This wall was thought out for the kids of the kindergarten. It is a reflection on what playing is and how this practice is carried through out our life in different ways. The word “Klosser” means “blocks” in Norwegian, referring to the toy bricks that children use to build. One of the kids in the kindergarten came up with this word.
Special thanks to the kids, teachers and parents at the St Johannes Kindergarten for their friendship, to Brandon English and Kristina Borhes for their help, to Gabriel and the whole @nuartfestival Crew for their friendship and hospitality.
“For what I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.” - Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf.
Special thanks to @unit5gallery for organizing and to Keir Edwin for his help.
Working and living in New York! Doing four months for the @bedstuyartres This is a detail shot of a unfinished painting, oil on wood. The first of a new series I am working on. More to come!
L.E.O. & AxelVoid
St.Petersbourg, Florida, USA.
This mural is based on a juxtaposition of two images. The one in the background is an interpretation from a photograph taken in Washington Square Park, where people get together once a year and have a pillow fight. In the circle, a launch drill in North Korea.
The concept of this wall is an attempt to understand human behavior and its relationship to power. From the power that technology allows us: vehicles that can make us go faster than we can run or weapons that can harm more than we can physically. To an emotional, social or political power over others.
This wall was done shortly after the shooting in Las Vegas. This gave us the curiosity to know or understand what was the nature of this action. These events are considered anomalies or out of the ordinary, how ever its recurrence shows that it is or has become part of our natural behavior. We find strange that even though we can’t directly empathize with this behavior it is a part of our idiosyncrasy.
It is an honor to work with my brother Reginald O'Neal @l.e.other After three years of mentoring him on a daily basis I am very proud to see what a good painter and artist he is and continues to be.
Special thanks to the Shine crew for making us feel, almost better, than at home. For their friendship and hospitality.
SatOne & AxelVoid
This mural is based on an image taken in 1945 of the atom bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. The concept of this wall takes a more objective or anthropological standpoint with the effort of understanding our nature through this manmade landscape. Harmony alludes to our misconception of what is natural or harmonious. We take our self out of the picture, or define our worst behavior as unnatural or disrupting harmony. But we partake in composing the term, inevitably we are a part of the ecosystem and therefor inherently natural and harmonious.
Formally, this mural is a juxtaposition of our interpretation from the same image, with the intention of creating a dialogue between them.
Special thanks to @satone_satone_satone, pleasure working with such a talented artist, to @danielcodeak and Angelika for inviting me and to the rest of the artist and crew for such good times.
Please make sure to come over to my place if you are in Miami to check out the work of over 40 of my favorite artist in the world, both local and international. On the 26th: free pop up restaurant! and on the 27th: film screenings, appetizers, good records and live music. For more information check:
HOMELESS event page on Facebook
This mural is based on a photo I took in a slum known as G.S. Nagar in Chennai, India. The wall is situated in a very lively neighborhood near Wood Street. It is full of local businesses such as restaurants or small markets, excluding large corporations.
It is interesting to see the mostly harmonious interaction between neighbors in such area. Kids play cricket in this parking lot, the employees rest in their cars before they do their shift, a neighbor does pushups on the parking door entrance, a family excessively feeds the pigeons several times a day, and the employees from the Turkish restaurant insist in giving me some of their delicious lamb even before they knew I would be painting. Given England’s history as a colonizer and their recent division from Europe, the image creates a strong cultural contrast as well as proposing an lology with other neighborhoods where I felt this kind of welcoming. Never the less this mural is about every day life. Special thanks to Unite 5 Gallery for organizing and WoodStreetArt for their support.
Homo Homini Lupus
Oil on canvas.
"We're All Connected" Curated by @instagrafite and hosted by @urbannationberlin
Homo Homini Lupus
Oil on canvas.
Berlin, Germany. "We contrive morality against our own nature, we describe as human what we aren’t and wolf what we can’t avoid. Thus our eternal disappointment and disgust towards our selves." Honored to be part of the group show PROJECT/M10 "We're All Connected" Curated by @instagrafite hosted by @urbannationberlin
Homo Homini Lupus
Berlin, Germany. "We contrive morality against our own nature, we describe as human what we aren’t and wolf what we can’t avoid. Thus our eternal disappointment and disgust towards our selves." Special thanks to @instagrafite for curating and @urbannationberlin for organizing.
Photo by Nika Kramer