Not so Out of the Blue is a solo show of four new paintings by artist Murnau Den Linden (b. Barcelona, 1982), mostly known for his works for both international and British local brands. It is the first time this new body of work -titled Blue Observers- has been exhibited publicly anywhere in the UK.
Murnau has been long inspired by nature and climate change. He surrounds himself in his studio with objects, ephemera and antiquities from ancient civilizations. These new works have emerged from Murnau’s interests in the idea of the embodiment of nature and millenary, dead languages.
These subjects have huge resonance right now, after four consecutives hurricanes in the Caribbean area and several earthquakes in Mexico that have made enormous damages in different areas.
Each of the four paintings is created from previous studios in a series of portraits of the hurricanes Katia, Irma, María and José. Their interlinked figures sometimes appear to be smiling, talking, welcoming us to their world, and sometimes to be acting violently, seducing us to be their victims, to fall consumed by their supreme strengh.
In Not so Out of the Blue, the artist shares his views on the supremacy of Planet Earth over animal species, and how just native communities -sustainable solutions of farming and worship to nature, will prevail to its fury.