Vernissage and Interview with Pure Evil and Crossie
Two weeks ago a friend of mine advised me to visit a vernissage in the first district of Vienna. Actually all I knew was „Pure Evil will do a live painting“ and that it will take place in spaces of „Dialog im Dunkeln„. The event wasn’t announced at all and I didn’t really know what to except, but it turned out to be quite exciting.
After finally having found the location, I still wasn’t quite sure to be at the right place. Everybody was pretty well-dressed, and couple of people I didn’t even know shook hands with me. Anyway, after clearing up the problem with the guest list and taking a glas of sparkling wine, I finally had a look at the exhibition.
The space was amazing! It was a huge basement made out of bricks, apparently being the crypt of the monastery Schottenstift, filled up with lot’s of Street Art hanging on the walls and people in dresses and suits talking all kinds of languages (as well as taking down couple of pictures pretty fastly).
I didn’t quite had the chance to talk to the organisers Stephen and Tom but luckily I was introduced to the artists Pure Evil and Crossie so I asked them some questions about the exhibition and their work.
Check out my interviews with the artists and the great shots of the exhibition by Dimitri Aschwanden on flickr.
artpjf: Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your work.
Crossie: I’ve just moved back to London after living in gorgeous Birghton which is on the South coast of England. Like the stripes of a stick of Brighton rock – I love things to look visually pleasing, with flashes of colour. I’ve always wanted to collect butterflies in cases – but it seemed so cruel. This way I’m the creator & the captor. Just like a butterfly collector the art collector is also seeking beautiful specimens for his collection.
When talking about my work you could say my butterflies have a distressed edginess to them.
I love bleeding lines and blended colours. The musical layers build up to create pattern & texture. I love the idea of giving them a second life. I find them in dimly lit secondhand bookshops off the beaten track and hidden away. By extending their life, and bringing them out, they are preserved in my artwork.
My chapter & verse date back to between 1906 – 1910. There’s something quite rebellious in destroying the books which strangely appeals. My aim is to create something more beautiful out of them. There’s a history to those pages, I like to wonder who may have picked them up, read the words or played the notes. The musical pages add a different dimension and a kind of secret language to my Glitter & Twisted pieces as the notes dance across the page.
Some have Notes & Annotations – I wonder who would have used them to play music? I find this all very fascinating. There’s a sort of organised chaos in my painting. The fragile way that the glitter adheres to the fast drying spray paint is reminiscent of their delicate wings, as I only have moments before the paint dries.
Crossie: A friend of mine organised our show in Vienna – I agree with you the show was fantastic! And the venue blew me away, all very impressive in the vaults of a church and lots of fun!
artpjf: What was your best experience in Vienna or the most appreciable impression of the city?
Crossie: I fell in love with Vienna for all sorts of reasons – the old cafes and smiley folk. The Rococo & Baroque architecture I found utterly exquisite – and there’s so much of it! The love of the Arts and all things cultural. I think one of my favourite experiences was visiting Kunsthistorisches Museum for the Gustav Klimt exhibition. What an incredibly ornate building full of beautiful paintings. Hugely inspiring.
Crossie will have her first solo show ‚Metamorphosis‘ at the Pure Evil Gallery, London on 5th April.
Interview Pure Evil:
artpjf: Please introduce yourself briefly.