Arno Coenen at Unruly

Unruly Gallery is proud to present: PYROGRAPHY by Arno Coenen
Pyrography: writing with fire, from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing)

In a brand new series of pyrography art, the Dutch multi- media artist combines some of his recent obsessions: outer space, pagan metal and beer from the old world.

Arno Coenen became a computer and video artist at the height of the new media revolution. Since then he has found a balance between digital images and ancient techniques, for example mosaic, stained glass and ceramics. His career has evolved into public sculpture, but in essence his works remain computer-based collages. He deliberately juxtaposes the new with the old, the advanced with the outdated and the magnificent with the mundane, in reaction to the speed of progress in contemporary society. Works by Arno Coenen have been acquired by institutions such as the Rijksmuseum and were presented at international art exhibitions, for example at the Whitney Museum. In his spare time Arno brews beer and curates no-holds-barred art- meets-heavy-metal shows as part of the Metal Heart collective.

For his new series of artworks Arno engraved the cut- off tops of wooden barrels with pyrography techniques, burning images onto the circular surfaces with a heated pen. The pyrography works contain twisted variations on familiar imagery: skulls, spheres, religious and pagan symbols for example, flanked by unsung historical figures. For a large part, inspiration was derived from pre-Christian beer rituals and the history of beer dis- tribution in Europe. Since 2008 Arno has been serving audiences at art shows with Eurotrash, his own brand of beer, based on ancient organic recipes. This ‘new skool beer from the old world’ is produced in cooperation with world renowned Dutch microbrewery De Molen.

Opening Thursday 10 May 2012 | 17:00 - 20:00 | open to public on 11, 12, 13 May | 12:00 - 18:00 For pictures and other requests please contact Adele Renault: [email protected]

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