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I can bite the hand that feeds me, and gently caress it too
17 September 2018Free
This group show of artists hailing from Canada and Iran to Kuwait and Mexico promises a “comprehensive survey of contemporary figuration”. Nodding at the reemergence of classical portraiture, the works equally denote the necessity of abandoning the very canons that constitute it.
They include Philip Mueller, manipulating mythology with twisted fantasy: Amir Khojasteh, whose faces are perceived through a lens of existential fear; and André Butzer, with figures in flattened perspective, framed by the phrases “Nasaheim Repeated” and “Nasaheim Remembered”.
Also showing are works by Maximiliano León, Andrea Joyce Heimar, Nazım Ünal Yılmaz, Tamara Al Samerraei, Jane Corrigan, Paula Kamps, and Bernhard Buhmann.
Each recognisable character is brought to life through a refreshed take on form and formalism, providing visceral confrontations with the nuances of the human condition, the obscurity of anatomy, and its interaction with the environment. Traces of Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism are detectable throughout – but the tenets of these schools are subverted.
To 31 October.
Above: Nazım Ünal Yılmaz, Atlas. 2018