Who spends some time on Tumblr has probably already stumbled upon Magnus Gjoen’s most famous motif, an UZI made of ceramics, painted with the typical dark blue pattern of delft ware. With his works, the artist explores how something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects of art. It’s this misconception of beauty which he wants us to see in a different light, being it weapons, animals or the human race itself. We are capable of creating immense beauty but also capable of destroying it all. Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtapositioning it with fine art, Magnus creates new and modern takes on old masterpieces. He often questions the correlation between religion, war, beauty and destruction.
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