From Condensation‘s press release: Seduction isn’t just beauty’s privilege. The abject, the kitsch and the mundane are all potential triggers for desire; the further one gets from a canonical idea of pulchritude, the wilder the attraction can become. Conceived like a museum of curios,Condensation stages this apparent paradox and invites the viewers to navigate the complex mechanics of seduction. The female body is here fragmented and reconfigured like Hans Bellmer’s doll, or rendered functional like the Greek goddess in Dalí’s Venus with Drawers.
But it re-emerges stronger from these abuses – perhaps because, in line with the Surrealist tradition, these partial bodies have something of the psychological (self) portrait, made all the more accurate by multifarious transformations; perhaps because, as the outstanding details of inaccessible wholes, they gain in seductive power. Names of the exhibition: Annie Attridge, Jonathan Baldock, Sarah Gillham, Anthea Hamilton, Eri Ito,i Mindy Lee, Paul Westcombe.
LAST Fridays: On 25 February, Danielle Arnaud will join 90 galleries throughout South London open late for the first South London Art Map LAST Friday. There will be Hew Locke limited edition badge for first 25 visitors to Danielle Arnaud from 6pm, commissioned by Tate Modern to celebrate the launch of the South London Art Map. And after-party, with artist-DJ Mark Dean from 8pm until 11pm.
25 February – 27 March 2011