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The exhibition explores the ways in which the contemporary art world has become increasingly focused on decorative aesthetics, with the ignorance of deeper emotional and intellectual engagement. Through a variety of mediums, the works in this show challenge the notion –via using a similar visual language– that art is simply a decorative accessory, meant to provide visual

pleasure or to serve as status symbol for its collectors. Whilst 'Joykiller' offers the audience a solid physical artwork experience, it speaks to the idea that the shallow approach to art can detract from its potential to bring mind / ideologic satisfaction and fulfillment to our lives by simply destroying the interaction with a final strike as if it was a Brechtian technique.

The artworks opposes the –outdated and dysfunctional– Open Work's suggestion of audience to take the initiative of an under / over estimation with a [non–existing] universal cultural background in a conceptual world, instead offering opportunities for deeper reflection, emotional connection, and critical / protest thinking. As the art world continues to be driven by market forces, it is all inevitable for an out–of–use aesthetics to take center stage and for true artistic expression to become subordinated. 'JoyKiller' invites audiences to reconsider their own 'retinal satisfaction' habits and to reflect on the importance of substance and meaning in art.

Exhibited as a mini solo at Lazarus Center, MICA [Baltimore, US].

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