John Korner (b. 1967)
The Snakes Are Leaving 194 Problems Behind
signed and dated 'Korner 05' (on the stretcher), titled 'The Snakes are leaving 194 Problems behind' (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
70 7/8 x 114¼in. (180 x 290cm.)
Painted in 2005
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Instead of paintings, John Korner refers to his works as "problems". These problems are simultaneously thematic and artistic: a surrealistic troubling of existential paradigms underlying visible reality. Natural phenomena take on a colourful metamorphosis while physical constraints vanish. Whimsical and ironic, the interplay between frothy motifs and structural depth creates a varied, fantastical world which pricks at the edges of our waking consciousness.