ROCK THE BLUES AWAY
Abdul Vas
14 November, 2015 - 09 January, 2016

BRIAN JOHNSON, 2014
Pencil on paper

47 x 62 cm

POWERARGE, 2007
Collage
110 x 160 cm

UNTITLED, 2007
Marquer on paper

18 x 17 cm

MISSING SINCE KKK, 2007
Oil on canvas
90 x 70 cm

SIR CATTECUMENNOK VAN PARAMARIBO, 2007
Oil on canvas

65 x 50 cm

BLACK IN BLACK, 2007

Mixed media on paper

30 x 30 cm

Right:

BRIAN JOHNSON, 2014
Collage
160 x 110 cm

L 21 Gallery is pleased to present ‘Rock the Blues Away’, the first solo ex- hibition by Abdul Vas at L 21 Gallery Madrid and, at the same time, is de- lighted to announce that it will be representing the artist.

Abdul Vas’s creations are tributes to the band AC/DC. All his energy is focused on extolling, celebrating and expressing his gratitude to the legendary Australian hard rock band. The music of brothers Malcolm and Angus Young fills the artist with a limitless surge of energy; an intense excitement experienced only by an unconditional fan. Through music, Vas discovers more diverse ways of understanding the world. A common love of AC/DC forges a bond between people from very different backgrounds, who come together at the immensely popular concerts of these modern-day gods to share a few hours of pure enjoyment. By adopting various tech- niques and a considered approach, Abdul Vas creates a shared universe. He depicts a scene comprising an infinite number of signs and references that effectively point to the contemporary. Through his work, he talks about what he knows and loves while avoiding sentiments void of substance.

‘Rock the Blues Away’ is the title of the third song from the album ‘Rock or Bust’ produced by AC/DC last year. Both the lyrics and the music of this song encourage listeners to move onwards and upwards, to overcome sorrow and to forget about any mishaps in order to relish the night with friends until the morning light. The plastic pieces put on display by Abdul in this exhibition preserve this same energy diffused at the concerts put on by AC/DC for its devoted audience.

Abdul Vas was born in 1981 in Maracay, Venezuela and spent his childhood between Suriname, Guyana and Belgium. He studied Fine Arts in EAVRA in Maracay and then at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Abdul Vas regularly exhibits in the US and in Europe since 2004. His recent solo projects include exhibitions in Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Chile), Galería Senda (Barcelona), Galería Casado Santapau (Madrid). In 2009 he participated in the Beijing Biennale.

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