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Public Gallery hosts 'I'm Good Thanks' by Joan Cornellà

Public Gallery is proud to present 'I’m Good Thanks', a solo exhibition by the renowned Catalan cartoonist and illustrator  Joan Cornellà. With over 7 million followers on social media, Cornellà has achieved global acclaim through his instantly recognisable mix of pitch black humour and deeply unsettling comic strips and artwork.

The exhibition opens on 3rd of April at 6.30pm and runs until 4th May. 


Through a series of new works, 'I’m Good Thanks' invites us to peer into Cornellà’s dystopic vision of contemporary life. Paintings line the walls, surrounding a central sculpture - the artist’s trademark suited character, hanging from a noose and smiling psychopathically whilst posing for a selfie. Each work holds a mirror up to the depraved nature of society; confronting everything from our unnatural connection
to social media and masturbatory selfie culture, to political topics such as abortion, addiction and gender issues - no subject is off limits.


At first glance, Cornellà’s work seems lighthearted and playful, his figures share a generic blank smile and sickly sweet colour palette, reminiscent of 1950’s advertising or airline safety pamphlets. Cornellà then twists these saccharine settings to dissect modern culture, projecting them to the darkest, most cynical conclusion. While some are affronted by his work, many connect over it, laughing whilst simultaneously feeling bad for laughing.

In sync with the growing feeling that the world is sinking further into depraved absurdity, Cornellà sheds some light onto ourselves, presenting human nature in his notoriously dark and disquieting manner.

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Added
3rd April, 2019
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