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What You Have to Know: How does fable exist in our world at the moment? What tales can we inform ourselves to make sense of the world round us? In “New Mythologies II,” a gaggle present of 11 artists at London’s Huxley-Parlour, responds to a society during which capital and know-how are prized above human connection and spirituality, with work, drawing, and mixed-media works that current a counterpoint that ripples with symbolism, allegory, and goals. The exhibition options the work of Jeanine Brito, Charlotte Edey, Molly Greene, Mary Herbert, Grace Lee, Natalia González Martín, Grace Mattingly, Tristan Pigott, Alicia Reyes McNamara, Jakob Rowlinson, and Salomé Wu.
Why We Like It: This exhibition follows up on the gallery’s 2019 exhibition “New Mythologies,” which showcased the work of seven modern artists exploring the narrative potential of figurative work that includes parts of abstraction. The present exhibition embraces the magical, even talismanic qualities of artwork with extra direct socio-political implications. British artist Jakob Rowlinson, as an illustration, juxtaposes medieval motifs, akin to heraldry and coats of arms with BDSM aesthetics as explorations of gender, sexuality, and masculinity. Different artists faucet into spiritual historical past and narratives. Tristan Pigott’s Margaret of Antioch (2019) portrays the story of Saint Margaret of Antioch being eaten alive by the satan, disguised as a dragon, with an nearly comedian interpretation, whereas Natalia González Martín’s diptych Los enamorados, Resolución en dos partes (2022) attracts from Jan van Eyck’s Fifteenth-century Ghent Altarpiece, however the outsized legs of Adam and Eve are a lurid element that hints on the profane. Biomorphism and flora are explored by Molly Greene and Salomé Wu, tapping into questions of local weather change, post-human existence, and organic transformation.
In accordance with the Gallery: “Melding archetype and allegory to reinterpret, and generally subvert, our shared mythologies, the dreamscapes in ‘New Mythologies II’ refute utopia in favor of their very own, distinctive, inside logic. In locations narrative, in others purely tableau, they incorporate well timed, modern element, whereas nodding to an outdated, enduring, darkish fascination with fairy story. ‘New Mythologies II’ is an inquiry into picture making and that means at the moment.”
See pictures from “New Mythologies II” under.
“New Mythologies II” is on view at Huxley-Parlour, London, by way of September 17, 2022.
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