Magnus Gjoen is this London based artist that examines how to change peoples relationship and preconceived notions of objects. Something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects of art. It’s this misconception of beauty which Magnus Gjoen wants us to see in a different light, being it weapons, animals or the human race itself. The latter which is capable of creating immense beauty but also capable of destroying it all. Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtapositioning it with fine art, he creates new and modern takes on old masterpieces or manipulates something powerful and strong into something fragile but beautiful. He often questions the correlation between religion, war, beauty and destruction in his art. Magnus Gjoen has worked as a denim designer and graphic designer for Vivienne Westwood amongst others.
What you see here are rather macabre objects but thanks to an ingenious approach by Magnus Gjoen, decorating them with ‘Delfts’ blauw’, a typical imprint on China and pottery that got very famous during medieval times in the Netherlands (and far beyond), he succeeds in transforming them into something fragile and marvelous. Way to go Magnus !