Magnus Gjoen reassesses the notion of beauty within the frame of the modern society. In his works, the objects and images perceived exclusively as dangerous, ugly or violent have new characteristics – they are also beautiful, magnificent, fragile.
Reviving the philosophical approach on the notion of beauty of the Symbolist literary movement from the late 19th century, the British artist challenges the perception of the viewer by attaching startling new meanings to common objects and images regarded as the symbols of aggression and destruction.
“The human mind itself is fragile yet beautiful and I use porcelain to comment on the fine balance that sometimes holds our societies and us together,” stated Gjoen.
Magnus Gjoen is a well known graphical and fashion designer, previously working for Vivienne Westwood, Core Spirit and Costume National.
Photo credits: Magnus Gjoen