WENDY ELIA solo show WHERE ARE WE NOW
‘Where Are We Now’ .The must see show of the year (even if I say so myself)
An exhibition of paintings by Wendy elia @bprojectspace tues 13th - 17th July 11-6pm
Image- oil on canvas 160x130 cms
Like Bowie’s 2013 song of the same name, Where Are We Now is a meditation on time and history. Featuring bold new works that re-imagine Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith and Holofernes’ as well as representative paintings from several of Elia’s key series, the exhibition creates slippages between past, present, and future.
Elia mines the rich traditions of western history painting, deftly weaving in references to iconic images such as Bacon’s indeterminate forms and Piranesi’s torturous architecture of surveillance. These sit alongside stills from films or TV or footage from news reports in unsettling juxtapositions. Time takes on an elastic quality as symbols and models migrate between paintings. In several paintings, space assumes a surreal quality. Classic fairytales like Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin boast contemporary protagonists. Women’s roles are renegotiated. And always we are left questioning – not just where are we now, but who and where do we want to be.
Tue – Sat: 11 - 6pm
or by appointment
Sat 17th July - 3pm
183 – 185 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW
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