International. Contemporary. Art.
Johnny Maroun Lebanese Artist, exhibitor at Barcelona Showcase 27th April 2013.
Born during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) in a violent society where weapons are more sought than books, Johnny Maroun turns violence into a creative force, using weapons as a paintbrush to illustrate the effects of bloodshed in his country. The abstract red spots on canvas reveal the atrocity of the act, when the lifeless body is lost to sight and a trace on the wall is all that remains.
What are you most looking forward to at Barcelona Showcase?
Along side with getting in touch with artists and art enthusiasts from all over the world, I would like, through my gun paintings to bring the audience closer to the war zones in the world where violence and gore scenes are a daily bread.
Could you tell us about some of your work? And how will you describe your style?
It took the universe more than 13 billion years to create the right circumstances for life to appear on this planet and it takes one second for a human being to pull a trigger and destroy it, just as it takes me one second to pull a trigger and create a piece of art.
Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to creating art?
The warlords all over who keep me stimulated.
What’s your favorite artwork, and why?
“S’il te plaie” It took me two hours to “execute it”. 1 hour and 55 minutes contemplating the withe canvas, getting to know it, but still keeping distance to avoid sympathizing with it and then I saw the “blood” dripping on the canvas
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Owwwhhh!! I love it!
What superpower would you have and why?
I would love to have some Jedi mind tricks. Interesting it can be!
Name three artists that you most admire, and why?
Niki de Saint Phalle
I could name a few more like Dali and Marcel Duchamp, crazy people with crazy ideas, unconventional and never went with the flow.
If you would have one wish, what would you wish for?
I would wish if Ctrl+Z would be a command that we can actually use in real life
VIEW JOHNNY MAROUN’s WORK IN REAL-LIFE AND MEET & GREET WITH HIM AT BARCELONA SHOWCASE 2013, SATURDAY 27TH APRIL, GAUDI’S CASA BATLLO.