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Michael Werner Gallery to Present New Paintings by Florian Krewer

German artist Florian Krewer’s latest solo exhibition with Michael Werner Gallery, London explores New York’s queer and trans communities

painting of a bear Florian Krewer

Florian Krewer’s new collection of large-scale paintings visualise nighttime urban fantasies in which figures come together and commune with wild animals against the backdrop of skyscrapers.

For his latest solo exhibition, entitled ride or fly, the New York-based artist draws on his personal experiences and surreal imaginings to create cartoonesque cityscapes in which his protagonists live out their desires.

painting of a man surrounded by bats
Florian Krewer, pride, 2021. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Krewer uses photographs and memories as the departing point for each image, but the specifics of character, place and time are stripped away during the painting process to create a kind of liminal space characterised by a searing colour palette that resonates with notions of both desire and violence.

Similarly, throughout the series, intimate interactions and expressions of joy or liberation are underlined by a pervading sense of threat that reveals both the vulnerability and sensuality of city life.

Florian Krewer: ride or fly” opens on 10 September 2021 at Michael Werner Gallery, 22 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7PZ. For more information, visit: michaelwerner.com

Featured image: Florian Krewer, ursa major, 2021

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