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    Medusa invited German painter Tom Król to present his series ‘Heads’ in Brussels — the city in which he lived for a couple of years and where he started working on these series.

Brasserie Atlas, Brussels

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Text by Lina Ejdaa
Graphics by Myrthe Van Rompaey

Tom Król (Cologne, 1991) is a German painter who lives and works in Cologne. He graduated in 2017 at the University of Design of Offenbach am Main in the painting’s department. SORRY marks the reunion of his series ‘Heads’; a gathering of portaits which could only happen on the soil upon which this series was birthed.

Tom Król’s ‘Heads’ display the basic traces of a portrait — yet as one might consider them more as faces or masks, Tom prefers the term ‘head’, as they reveal themselves naked and open for a viewer’s gaze into their insides.
      Tom’s paintings trigger our sense of pareidolia: the human tendency to — upon very little visual cues — deceptively recognise a face in things that aren’t faces. Tom Król stretches the boundaries upon what we call a head; playing around with contours, traces and cues, whilst still leaving enough suggestion for a head to emerge. In his moments of painting, whilst probing the extent of pareidolia, suddenly a head materialises. He knows exactly when to stop as the oil paint traces on the white canvas birth a new person coming out of the void. We asked Tom what these heads would they say if they could talk to the visitor. He answered they would ask a very simple question, one that is often posed upon new spontaneous encounters: “how are you?”

Works of Justin Somjen (wall pieces) and Finn Theuws.