Updated: Mar 26
Christian Gold & Benjamin Begin Collaboration
Christian Gold (graphic artist) and Benjamin Begin (photographer) have collaborated to produce a series of serigraphs on wood panels. Begin is a new addition to the growing stable of artists being shown at Art Center Caravel in Funchal, Madeira ISLAND, although Christian and his work are already known through his almost sell-out show in 2018 at Art Center Caravel.
Their work explores mostly their mutual admiration for, and interaction with, the environs of Madeira and its surfer subculture. Using a fusion of urban and street art style, each artisan piece is unique and is built up through a number of processes beginning with Begin´s original photograph, then being embellished by Gold using acrylics and spray paint, before being finally screen printed onto sheets of rough-cut virgin plywood.
Together, these works can be called a series of paintings with views of Madeira island (landscapes) ... but not everything is simple. Firstly, these are not drawings or even photographs with views of the island of Madeira, but the author's interpretation of photographs, serigraphy and painting.
Such complex imagery we are used to see from Christian whose work is biographical and relates to his experiences from his travels.
The series is a touching attenuated narrative of friendship and shared experience… a sort of Madeirense Ukiyo (Floating World) of fleeting moments and flashing emotions that we may recall in later life with affection but bitter-sweet nostalgia.