Please join us for the preview reception of our upcoming exhibition EATING YOU on June 5th, 2014
Barbara Fragogna | Katarina Glew |
Afshin Naghouni | Robert Robinson
First we looked up and wondered about the skies and heaven. Then we looked inwards, into the body. This curiosity, the question of how humans live and die, think and feel, bleed and heal, has inspired our imagination for thousands of years. Dissecting bodies and studying them has given us modern science, and today we know so much about the anatomy that we can even transplant hearts. But this internal carving still fails to appease a bigger craving: understanding the human soul. Understanding our emotions, our decisions, our suffering, our happiness and despair-- this metaphysical reality, and its relation to our material and corporal existence, is what the artists in this show have explored in their works.
Text and curation by Tara Aghdashloo
Italian “expat” now living between London and Berlin, Fragogna has worked and exhibited around Europe as an artist and curator. Ironic, witty and provocative, the multi-disciplinary artist engages different themes and issues from politics to sexuality and death; her satirical approach and strong statements, backed by a solid technique, create a wide-ranging oeuvre, though perhaps the most clear in her paintings. Her visceral, bloody creations in this show are at once kind and repulsive, intelligent yet absurd, and give a feeling of unease. Fragogna is an artist who asks questions, and gives your eyes a decadent feast while you think about the answer.
Creating hauntingly beautiful bodies of work that are as real as flesh and bones and as dead as a sculpture, in this series, Glew recalls different eras of history of sexuality. She celebrates sexual imagery with all its dirty and embarrassing elements through wax, clay and plaster. The artist merges movements and materials in a suspended reality where all we see are only ’parts of’ something, and ultimately all that we need. Glew is a scholarship winner graduate of City and Guilds of London Art School, with a BA of Fine Art specialising in sculpture. She recently showed her works at the Other Art Fair.
Iranian-born, London-based visual artist Afshin Naghouni (Ash) was considered a prodigy since his early years. For him, everything is more complex than initially perceived. His expertly textured and transparently detailed works tell a personal story, told through the figures he is creating who much like avatars, carry and express different narratives. “I thrive on continually reminding my viewer that there is a darker more sinister concept embedded within images which at first glance seem visually pleasing, harmless paintings and challenge them to discern what, if anything is real. Naghouni is a post-graduate of Art Media and Design from London Metropolitan University and has exhibited extensively in London and abroad.
Robinson, breathes back life into the thing that has always revealed life back to us: the printed page. By cutting pages, scripts and manuals, Robinson’s 3-D wonderland is another exploration of human nature, of memory and identity and the interchangeability of life and death– how one gives the other meaning. He juxtaposes the old and new, by stripping books from their original utilitarian value and re-assembling a new story. They are no longer tools to learn about the world but rather a means to gain insight about oneself. Through his playful collages, he appeals to the audience’s dreams and nostalgia, both exploring and deconstructing their imagination. Robinson has participated in art fairs and exhibitions around the UK.
The exhibition runs until July 5th, 2014.
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