Whilst in Rotterdam for Pow Wow a few weeks back I had a few hours to spare in Amsterdam. Not really enough to do a great deal of hunting although I came across a few cool pieces on my travels. One thing I specifically made time for was Alex Senna’s latest solo show which was being held at OD Gallery.
This was my first time at OD but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. It’s a really nice looking gallery, lots of space and really good long walls for different types of works. The only issue is the typically steep stairs that lead to the second floor. What is it with steep stairs in Holland? Please someone explain them to me! The gallery also has a small terrace I guess you’d call it, out the back which has some semi permanent pieces as well.
The show is actually a collaborative project with fellow Brazilian artist(s) SHN which I wasn’t aware of until the guy running the gallery explained the show to me. Upon seeing my Alex Senna t-shirt he put his book away pretty quickly and was happy to tell me all about the show.
The show itself is exactly what you would expect from Alex Senna. His black and white illustrations focus on themes like love, romance and human relationships. His characters are usually quite languid looking and generally presented in normal day to day activities like sitting with a partner or taking a walk with friends.
The vast majority of Senna’s characters are carrying heavy shadows. A lot of these shadows have little in jokes or social commentaries that are not seen on the characters themselves. The piece above for example shows two co-workers taking a stroll but within their shadows shows two wind up clocks not apparent on the characters themselves.
Just a little word on SHN who are also involved in the show. These are artists that I knew nothing about until walking through the door but ones I am following on social media platforms now. SHN’s work uses the power of repetition by putting up stickers and posters of universal icons like crosses, diamonds and stars, executed in vibrant colours. In their work they critique the concept of logos and brands in a humorous way.
Below are a few more shots from the show and if you are in Amsterdam be sure to check the show out. I couldn’t find the end date on OD’s website but I’m pretty sure the show runs until the end of October.