Mario Mankey: GO! GO! GO! BIG BIG DIG! in Valencia

Mankey is a Spanish artist now living in Berlin who is challenging himself to study and learn from artists and culture to find his own distinctive voice. Combining elements of comics, animation, primitavism, deconstructed graffiti, abstraction, Miro, Picasso, and Basquiat, the energy powering his assembled exploration is a professed desire to learn from and to talk to an audience.

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

“Going Big” is what a lot of street artists and muralists are doing today, and this title is probably as sarcastic as it is directive. Mankey questions the testosterone fueled impulsive behaviors of man, even while observing them in himself and this figurative raging stallion, powered by an electric abstraction in his loins is pushing out into your field of view and as far off the wall as it can get with fury and possibly fear.

His bio says Mankey contemplates social topics such as hierarchies, male chauvinism, anthropology, racism, and respect for the environment – it is interesting to see how those concerns are expressed in this aesthetic context.

He says the purpose of his work is to start a dialog through art. See if you can break it down.

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Mario Mankey. Go! Go! Go! BigBigDig! Valencia, Spain. May 2015. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

 

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