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In Moscow, opened "kindergarten for adults"

June 21 2006

If you know the German group Neoangin, you've probably seen at her concerts paintings by Jim Avignon, which he illustrates the performance. The artist also designed the club Gogol 'on the Arbat. Jim Avignon belongs to the most successful German artists involved in pop art. His works adorn the watch world-famous brand «Swatch» and aircraft company «British Airways». It all started in the German industrial town of Karlsruhe, where Jim worked as a school bus driver, secretly spray painted his pictures under the city bridge. Despite the apparent uniqueness of his works in the local media constantly waged debate about hooliganism is or art.

Once, on the recommendation of the famous art-promoter Sylvia Wolf from the agency ART FOR INDUSTRY Britons from the car company Rover provided at the disposal of Jim's one of their cars. He immediately turned the car into a traveling exhibition, to realize their artistic project "Street Performance". As a result, the city drove the painted car with 250 paintings, which are subsequently decorated Rover subsidiaries worldwide. After some time, this machine has become a "nail" art auction whose proceeds went to charity. Except machinery and watches Jim painted planes, so, for the German airline Deutsche BA, he painted several Boeings. He also recently completed an order for an updated design of the stadium, "Olympia" in Berlin. 132 athletes carried the huge canvas measuring 2,800 square meters of Jim. m

Speaking of art language, the art of Jim stylistically is somewhere at the intersection of pop art, cartoons, comics, minimalism and primitivism. Imagine the footage from video games, collages, comics, photographs, pencil drawings, slogans - all this can be seen in the works of Jim. Strange Humanoid pills and weeping hearts, time, find out the relationship with money, can be described by any of the paintings, but it is still - the same case when it is better to see once than hear a hundred times. In Jim's is a highlight, they are very bright and well-remembered at once. In this case, they are designed for different people, and even in the same canvas, individuals with different perceptions may see something of themselves. With the seeming simplicity of his paintings the artist gives food for thought, and it's great.

For Jim Avignon's creation process is more important than they receive in the end picture. Instead of hours to meditate on each brush stroke, Jim thinks, and produces fast and large scale.

"I can work incredibly quickly and it is normal for me - to draw 18 hours a day." Jim easily parted with his work, which he prefers to destroy than to see buried alive in any gallery.

Jim finds ideas for his paintings on the street or on television - first thought out the title and then the painting itself. "Entertainment Arts" - so he calls his creation. He does not want to get rich at the expense of it, but now, Avignon is already famous. Without the sponsors and the support of museums. His slogan: "Anyone who has anything to say, to open his mouth." Another of his slogan - if the public does not go to the artist, the artist must go to the public. Exhibitions should be as pop concerts: "It is wrong that thousands of people go to concerts and galleries are empty."

Jim, who calls himself "the craziest artist in Germany, considered the pioneer of a new generation of pop art, while fans call him the" Titan techno. One of the last Berlin Love Parade was headed by bus, painted by Jim. Critics have called his work "neoekzistentsialnym comics, someone it seems to be just fun and unpretentious, and some compare to the artist Andy Warhol and Keith Harring.His exhibitions were held successfully in New York, London, Vienna and China. Turn came to Moscow. The exhibition is open daily except Monday, from June 30 to July 10, 2006.

Natalia Filippovich


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