Gallery  December 14, 2018

Noségo's Anthropomorphic Surrealist World

Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present Died a Few Times to Live This Once, an exhibition of new works by the Philadelphia-based contemporary artist Yis ''Noségo'' Goodwin. The exhibition, marking Noségo's third solo presentation with the gallery and his first solo exhibition in his hometown of Philadelphia in three years, will open on December 14, and remain on view through February 9, 2019. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on December 14, from 5:30 to 10pm.

Employing a distinctively unrestrained visual vocabulary of vivid colors and bold patterns, anthropomorphic forms and irregular shapes, Noségo's richly colorful, dreamily surreal new series explore themes of resilience and rebellion. 

Executed with an extraordinary degree of freedom and panache spanning the full breadth of the artist's multidisciplinary practice, the exhibition will feature new acrylic paintings as well as never before exhibited mural and sculpture—his most personally significant presentation of his works to date. 

Derived from childhood memories and a seemingly boundless imagination, ambiguous characters find themselves in unique, sumptuous atmospheres, at once strange and familiar, of and not of this world. 

Through a dynamic cartoon-expressionist style, Noségo creates works of graphic intensity and fervent energy, painting meticulously rendered, high-spirited dispatches from earthly yet surreal realms, a dazzlingly radiant world of mythological characters, dreamlike scenes, and fresh, childlike imaginings. 

Past Lives, 2018

Intuitively blending comic book aesthetics with a pop culture sensibility, his vibrant, saturated canvases are marvels of invention. Through a process of continual addition, disparate elements are fused into intricately worked tapestries—leaving the viewer pleasantly lost in lush, chimerical reveries.

Conjuring eclectic images from an ecstatic imagination, mythical creatures—part animal, part human, part object—nomadically roam in vortexes of brilliant color, playful and fantastical landscapes that look nearly as alive as his animated characters. 

Possessing the sublime qualities of a lucid dream, Noségo's highly inspired works of painterly improvisation transform the natural world into mysteriously alluring, joyously alive fantasias—manifest of an irrepressible creativity, his exuberantly painted canvases display an wholly original rapturous aesthetic vision.

About Noségo
Noségo is a Philadelphia based artist with a passion for combining fine art with contemporary styling. Through a marriage of dynamic patterns and vibrant colors, he creates whimsical environments with characters created from a place of playful imagination and the natural world. Deriving from infinite inspiration, that is, we are inspired therefore we can and should inspire others, themes of boundlessness run as a common motif throughout his work. This can be found through the interminable subjects he puzzles together through constant addition. Knowing that there’s perfection in the imperfect, he believes his work always has space for more in the constant pursuit of inspiration.

About Paradigm Gallery
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

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