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Hiatus

by Suzanne on January 15th, 2012

Very urgent life matters to deal with – no time for this.

I’ll be back. I always am.

Take care.

x

- Suzanne

Stuart Pearson Wright’s “Together in Electric Dreams” at Riflemaker, London

by Suzanne on January 11th, 2012


Dicky by Stuart Pearson Wright, oil on oval canvas, hand-carved frame, 40 x 50cm, 2011 – click to enlarge

I remember being two days early to the opening reception of Stuart‘s previous I Remember You solo show at the Riflemaker (somehow, those Monday evening opening receptions seem to confuse me a great deal) but the staff was lovely enough to let me in despite being in the midst of show preparation works and I could even say hello to Stuart and get my book signed, yay.

But. I’d be lying if I said that Together in Electric Dreams, his 2nd Riflemaker show, made me want to be there two days early again because well, the works really don’t look nearly as detailed, vibrant and grotesquely distorted as last time.

Maybe too much time was spent on hand-carving the nautical frames? I’m not sure but for me, this is all going a bit too much in the direction of Turf One/Jean Labourdette which is weird because just like John Currin, Stuart’s got a fantastic eye for the caricaturesque and grotesque in human forms, camp postures, hyperbolized sentiments and satirized landscapes.

The press release states:

“[...] The works are presented in neo-baroque frames which have been hand-sculpted in jesmonite by the artist. The painting’s luxurious surfaces are peppered with real diamonds, precious stones and metals, pearls, real hair, make-up, sequins and glitter. [...]“

Which is all very nice – don’t get me wrong – but I just hope he’ll come back to focus on the weird, awkward and uncanny rather than trad tattoos and the burlesque *yawn* – cause that’s really bindun all over the place – particularly in lowbrow/street/new contemporary/whatever-you-call-it art. Stuart’s way better than that.

Show opened on Monday and will remain on view until Feb 15. Details below.

On show: Jan 9 – Feb 15, 2012

Address: Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SU, tel: +44 (0) 20 7439 0000, email: info@riflemaker.org | Map

Hours: Mon – Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sat: 12 – 6 PM

Preview | Press release

Artist’s website

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