Monday 23rd April 2012, 6 – 9pm
Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SU
The first major exhibition in London since Casting A Dark Democracy (the Kenneth Armitage Foundation, 2009), will open at Riflemaker on Monday 23rd April 2012.
The exhibition features three new works: Soul Snatcher Possession; Ketamine and Pregnant Fairy.
The first captures the potently charged moments before a brutal killing. Eight larger-than-life figures sculpted from old clothes, stockings and sacking fill a dimly lit room with their menacing presence. With no weapon in sight only the perpetrators’ smiles, looks and gestures betray the imminence of the dreadful act – a metaphor for the ‘taking of life by those in a position of power’.
Ketamine recounts a festival scene in which two individuals dressed as elves dance wildly whilst on the powerful mind altering chemical. ‘The words ‘Bistow Kids Gone Wrong’ came to mind as I watched the spectacle.’
Pregnant Fairy questions how fairies might have existed and survived through the ages and asks why there are few, if any, depictions of pregnant fairies in sculpture.