About the Artist
With lightness of touch and painterly dexterity, John Kørner explores his medium’s fundamental duality - its physical presence and its descriptive powers - and the potential for communication or miscommunication that ensues. Kørner has referred to his apparently cheerful paintings as 'Problems'. The viewer is often presented with non-figurative forms including multicoloured ovals and dancing arabesques that symbolise a kind of pre-thought, and simple figurative elements that remind us of the ways in which paint can be used to evoke universally recognisable things: a bicycle, a crocodile, a ship, a person. When displayed simultaneously, often on grounds of intense colour in the works for which Kørner first became known, these abstract signs and nameable things cause the eye to dance between levels of recognition.
In Focus – John Kørner: Cosmopolitan Super Fruits
Cosmopolitan Super Fruits takes as a starting point the idea of the corner shop, a place of supply and consumption familiar to us all. In this body of work Kørner brings into focus modes of display and the movement of foodstuffs as they collide with aspects of contemporary politics and the dissemination of ecological thought in the context of ever-evolving concepts of the local, regional, national and global.
Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro
Following the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, this exhibition builds on themes of consumerism, globalisation and networks of distribution and exchange.
An exhibition of work by 19 artists celebrating the colour blue, available online and on Vortic as part of The London Collective.