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AN EXPLORATION OF THE ALIENATED HUMAN BODY

July 31 - Sepember 13, 2009
Opening Reception July 31

An exploration of the representation of the human body as a near perfectly objectified and alienated construct, distinct from any traditonal notion of the 'self'. It is the motivation of this exhibition to show explore the alienated body and it's reconfiguration through the filter of artists who have something to say on the subject. Jo Spence (now deceased) and Terry Dennett's joint project 'Industrialization', included at Documenta 12 in Kassel 2007 explore the relationship between the human body and the industrialized landscape and it's more naïve conjugate in a singular and powerful statement about and againt the effects of the mechanization of society. While this work was created/published at the beginning of the 1980s, it is all the more relevant to see now.

note from director: this work (Jo Spence & Terry Dennett's Industrialisation is not currently on display at the gallery for the next few days. We will update the status of this page and inform when the situation has been rectified.



Terry Dennett & Jo Spence: excerpt from 'Industrialization' from Documenta 12

industrialization
Terry Dennett & Jo Spence: excerpt from 'Industrialization' from Documenta 12

The large canvases of English duo Part2ism & Tamara stiffen the argument slightly - their material vocabulary have been lifted directly from site specific works of the walls of London and other cities. The duo's transition into the gallery space from the street presents a whole new set of problems and opportunities which challenge the viewer in fascinating ways reminiscent of the way that some of the early minimalists effected the transition of industrial materials into the gallery and we were left to ponder the results. The work is powerful and confrontational in ways that can only be HALF suggested in the humble images below. It must truly be seen to be appreciated(!).


industrialization
Part2ism: Stretch

 

bridge-hopewell
Part2ism: Portrait

 

london street art anthology

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Prestel USA (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3791343165
ISBN-13: 978-3791343167
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.7 x 0.6 inches

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JUST PUBLISHED: THE LONDON STREET ART ANTHOLOGY
The duo has also been featured in a just-released book on the subject titled the "London Street Art Anthology" by Alex MacNaughton. Here is an official description of the book:

"A comprehensive visual record of the London street art scene, this book showcases the best local and international urban artists who have used London as their canvas.

Acclaimed photographer Alex MacNaughton has made it his mission to capture every kind of street art-from stencils to wheatpastes and stickers to murals. Brimming with new works found all over London, this riot of colour, political commentary, passion, and humour is presented in stunning reproductions, each labeled with the street location, and featuring artists such as Sweet Toof, Swoon, and Eine. From femme fatales by CopyRight to huge multi-artist murals by AAGH crew, the scope of this groundbreaking book is reflected in a larger format which shows off the stunning new photography. Illuminated with quotes by the artists and gallerists who show their work, this exciting new book reflects how London as a city, a home, a gallery, and a studio influences street art today. "

Please follow this link if you would like to learn more about their work

 

industrialization
Part2ism: The Wealth of Nations

 

industrialization
Part2ism: Bridge

Anne-Marie Kornachuk paints in more traditional oils and always at a 1:1 scale relating to the body. Her work addresses the human body in various states and modes (styles?) of dress and undress and questions the role of clothing and one's personal relationship to one's clothing and the identity one chooses and allows oneself to construct based on this construct. This is made all the more personal and important in the fact that her paintings are in every important way self-portraits.The role of clothing in one's life is, through such careful self-analysis and focus, expanded to the level of a critique of contemporary society. The work is a far more subtle critique of humanity - but remains perhaps some of the more fascinating investigations in the show for it's modesty of statement.

Please follow this link if you would like to learn more about Anne-Marie's work.




Anne-marie Kornachuk: Blowfish




Anne-marie Kornachuk: Contemplating Eve IV




Anne-marie Kornachuk: Contemplating Eve

 



Anne-marie Kornachuk: A Moment for Self-Help

 







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