Anton Unai’s exhibition, Amor Enemigo

This solo show investigates the loaded space between lover and enemy – the slippery slope of a knife’s edge so palpable in today’s world. Constructed from what is available and accessible, the works appear as portraits and landscapes reflecting a contemporary experience of the city. Swinging between abstraction and realism these process-driven assemblages lure audience interpretation via the seductive brutality of their layered and exposed production. Stories are etched through figurative lines and then cannibalised into mixed media collage where one voice may scream an orchestra. Both a celebration and mockery of aesthetic traditions, the work exudes a charged immediacy in its search for the exquisite union between savagery and refinement. ~Anton Unai