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Showing: Elian Chali – “Molestia” @ BC Gallery

Elian Chali currently has a solo show on display at BC Gallery in Berlin where he is presenting his latest body of abstract work. With these new pieces, the Argentinian artist is exploring the limitations and possibilities of minimalism by playing with formats, shapes, vivid colors and even the method of presenting his work. With Molestia, Chali has set strict limitations for his practice and work process, taking the minimalist approach to new heights. Mixing organic and geo-based shapes with vibrant primarily colors, and playing with multiple positions of viewing, his new works are subtly entering the sculptural realm. Even the shadows of his paintings are becoming part of the artwork, further blending in with its surroundings. In that sense, he is experimenting with custom forms, absence of surface, and interpolation of elements, creating sharp pieces that have a strong dialog with the exhibiting space. From small, custom shaped pieces in single solid colors, to larger works that occupy three different surfaces of the gallery, Chali is developing fresh concepts within a very limited space. http://arrestedmotion.com

Streets: Elian Chali (Cologne)

Elian Chali recently took part in the Cityleaks / TRANSURBAN festival in Cologne, Germany, curated by Georg Barrinhaus. For this event, he created one of his vibrant, abstract, and minimalist public interventions titled Against Overlapping. Working on a residential building in Müllheim, the Argentinian artist took the strong cultural characteristics of neighborhood and created a piece that searches for harmony. With a simple composition and his color choices, Chali escaped forcing the observer into an interpretation, but instead just served up visual elements for numerous possibilities. Unpretentious yet highly noticeable, the mural somehow nullifies its monumental scale while giving a point of view in its environment, instead of imposing its own narrative. http://arrestedmotion.com