Being torn between geek and street culture as well as growing up in the Parisian suburbs and therefore glimpsing various traditions, was a rewarding experience for Ilk. Kolly Gallery is proud to present Ilk’s new series entitled Carpets, April 8 to 13, 2019.
Is there a shape of an animal or is there a writing?
Ilk’s visual repertoire is changing constantly from concrete organic shapes to writing. Sometimes image and lettering even superimpose or merge to one. Ilk’s artistic practice has developed from a rather concrete reflection on everyday life to a more abstract cosmology. As an enthusiast of black metal music, Warhammer video games, horror movies, he surprisingly enough adores old Walt Disney cartoons of the 1930s, like Mickey Mouse’s Steamboat Willie or The Skeleton Dance.
Through the abstraction of his daily interests and surroundings the artist creates compositions rich in structures and textures. The finely painted and quite various structures of the different layers and single elements of the composition, create a suspenseful interplay for the viewer. The soft transitions and contrasts render the images extremely multi-layered and elegant. Ilk plays within the combination of every day imagery as well as lettering and merges different visual languages and a friendly pastel-color palette to his own universe.