sunset in athens
2. 2005 - 12. 3. 2005
Attoe (USA), Sam Herbert (UK), Paula
Kane (UK), JP Munro (USA), Anj Smith
is proud to present the painting group show titled sunset in athens.
Attoe (Washington DC, 1975) lives and works in Los Angeles.
His oil miniatures seem like fragmented moments of narration that cannot
be concluded. Like in a diary, they refer to incidents -autobiographical
or not, coincidental or planned- while at the same time they preserve
a virtuosity and a time needed that we see in the painting of Renaissance
or in the Dutch tradition.
Sam Herbert (London, 1977) lives and works in London. The worlds he presents in his paintings have disappeared. They have passed to history or to the sphere of nostalgia. In our times, words like colonialism and empire are synonyms to exploitation and oppressing systems. But there is a lighter and prettified version as presented in cinema and literature, which seems to invoke the memories of an exotic and almost interesting epoch. In this line with mixed feelings, Herbert moves. By using his sense of humour and seriousness, he recreates places and scenes that although they seem familiar, they are indeed strange and alien.
Kane (Glasgow, 1970) lives and works in London. Her landscapes
are at the same time dreamy and familiar. Having as a starting point the
recreations of works of the Renaissance and pre-Raphaelites painters,
classical landscape, as well as the world of the comics, she balances
between the hyper-realistic description and the fantasy, showing worlds
that are impressive and at the same time weak and unknown.
Munro (California, 1975) lives and works in Los Angeles. Like
a good sampler, he mixes themes and scenes from Greek mythology, the legends
and the history of the art. Using layers of color and exceptional mastery,
he organises his frame in such a way that he creates new images with references
from history to punk rock culture, and from sci-fi literature and MTV
music industry to the great masters. JP Munro recalls the history of the
West, as it is perceived massively by the American culture, and at the
same time he assimilates very distinct elements in a very personal style.
Anj Smith (London, 1979) lives and works in London. Portraiture, fashion references, erotic fetishes, illustration coexist within hybrid landscapes in her small scale centre figured paintings. The embossed surface created by thick colors implies a dark eroticism that almost touches the limits of an indirect sexuality. Emphasising on detail, female images change roles, costumes and moods, in a bazaar of suggestions and narrations, all assembled in Smith's dense writing.
|ANJ SMITH||ANJ SMITH||SAM HERBERT|
|JP MUNRO||JP MUNRO||DAN ATTOE|