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A playground for artists from all around the globe, a place where collaboration is encouraged, new projects are constantly developed and creativity is the one and only thing that truly counts. Welcome to STRYCHNIN GALLERY!
Owned by curator Yasha Young, Strychnin Gallery remains dedicated to presenting emerging American, Canadian and Japanese artists to the European art world and vice versa. With a steady flow of shows opening in Berlin, and special events in London and New York, Strychnin Gallery features a variety of artists with particular individual styles rather than artists belonging to a collective “hip” movement. If you need to put a label on them, try lowbrow turned highbrow, pop surrealism or fantastic surrealism among others.
The gallery was founded in Brooklyn in 1998 and opened a European showroom in Berlin in 2002. The US location then moved to Manhattan’s Chelsea district, opening with a group show featuring over 70 artists in October 2006. Strychnin has since left that space, and is working on a new concept – “Temporary Contemporary” where each spectacular new show is housed in a new and exciting venue.
In October 2007 Strychnin Gallery opened it’s third location in London, near the famous Brick Lane. Following a series of succesful shows, the gallery space went on indefinate hiatus, but Strychnin continues to have an active presence in London’s vibrant art and gallery scene, by collaborating with other galleries and forming partnerships with other likeminded individuals.
Ranging from painting to scupltire, photography to doll-making, Strychnin Gallery seeks out the extraordinary and the unique: the beautiful, the sublime, the grotesque, the dark, the peculiar and the comical. Featured works are suffused by popular culture – comics, TV, fantasy, contemporary cinema, science fiction, film noir – making them highly accesible, yet they are also inspired by “high art”, paying homage to the Baroque, to medieval hagiography or the Renaissance, blurring distinctions and pre-existing notions, resulting in contradictions that cannot easily be resolved. The works are finally more about a personal feeling than a universal claim. What is the viewer to make of a surreal, fantastic illustration done in silverpoint? Far from presenting a mere random selection of purely referential works, however, Strychnin Gallery chooses to cherish the individual, both artist and viewer, and to thrive on the contradictions we all carry inside us.
For further information please contact team (at) strychnin.com