The Surreal Portraiture of Simple Objects
Perhaps you’ve heard the hype: Berlin is the new art mecca. Like Paris in the 1920s, New York in the 1950s/60s, and Prague in the 1990s, Berlin’s serene, stimulating lifestyle, cheap rent and post-industrial charm has attracted no small number of artists and creatives. The Berliner myth of a city filled with art galleries, young interesting people and cool clubs/bars remains pervasive among the creative class in Paris, London and New York. It has the attractive quality that American cities like Portland or Austin might have in the heart of a certain American youth.
The Swiss-Japanese artist and graphic designer Maiko Gubler belongs to this privileged community of creative people who moved to Berlin before gentrification and the financial crisis. Her practice, both personal and commissioned, combines various mediums, including sculpture, graphic design, interactive environments and 3D modeling.
We came across her digital paintings and were really impressed with these eloquent frames, which stage objects, textures, and patterns in lush, surreal landscapes. Her visuals embrace various styles and themes but they all seem to represent mysterious geometrical objects transformed into strange totems that conjure up visions of geometric abstraction, 1990’s graphic design, Dali’s melting clocks and how nice it is to be a young artist living in Berlin and creating things.