B. Westley Johnson, Managing Editor
The artist working under the pseudonym Xochicotta graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, “Nurse Of Painters”, in Belgium in 2006, specialized in painting. The Antwerp Academy is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. From 2004 to 2013, he served as an artist’s assistant for Koen van den Broek, an internationally recognized conceptual and abstract painter, while developing his own ideas and direction. As Xochicotta, he participated in several national exhibitions in which he earned multiple awards. He currently lives in the Kempen area, in Belgium, where he is working as a visual artist.
CapitalV Gallery presents the first solo exhibition by the artist working under the pseudonym Xochicotta. The ‘Milk/Infinity’ series constitutes the first part of a trilogy of exhibitions by the artist. ‘Cauliflower/Fourier’ is scheduled to open in London in November 2017. The third and final part, ‘Roots/Math’ will be shown in Helsinki.
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Each title in this series of exhibitions contains a reference to our perception of the urban landscape. The term ‘Milk’ refers to the basic primal need of humanity, like all mammals, to feed off their creators, while symbolizing an industrialized primitive concept. In his works, the result is often restricted to glimpses of a residue, an unevenness, left behind as a distant memory, usually on a cold, hard surface.
Such a primal instinct serves as a demarcation point of our environment and its observation, and ‘Milk/Infinity’ constitutes the start of a lexicon of shapes, surfaces, and reflections of urban and architectural elements, in a mostly abstract expressionist cadre.
Xochicotta is a Belgium-based artist who has participated in several national exhibitions in which he earned multiple awards. His work can be found in private collections in different countries like in the Netherlands, USA, France, England, Germany and of course Belgium itself.
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