November 21 – December 21, 2014
Street artist AXEL VOID continues his long-time creative involvement with everyday people in his solo exhibition Mediocre: Rocio & Sofia, opening at MING Studios Nov. 21. The new body of work he presents –painting and video- takes inspiration from the everyday lives of two teenage girls living in Boise: Rocio and Sofia. The works are based on photographs taken by the girls at school and in their free time.
AXEL VOID is a socially critical storyteller whose work bares personal and historical narratives. He engages with specific locations in communally relevant ways. Often, his work is marked by a paradox between text and image. While the tag line for his exhibition is ‘‘Mediocre,’’ the two girls playing the central role are, in fact, placed in the limelight in a way that is usually reserved for royals, film stars, fashion models, etc. The work has a dark, psychological, manipulative character and confronts the viewer with unapologetic imagery and taglines, which render beauty amidst austere circumstance.
AXEL VOID (born in Miami in 1986) is a painter, installation artist and muralist. He has left his mark in numerous cities around the world, pursuing exhibitions and commissions in Sevilla, Berlin, Miami, Djerba, Newark, Ordes, Graz, Mexico City, Palermo, Brooklyn, Athens, Pinerolo, Tarifa, Huerto Del Rey Moro, Barcelona and others. From an early age, he was strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. He studied Fine Arts in Cádiz, Granada and Sevilla, and was based in Berlin until moving to Miami in 2013, where he currently resides.