I managed to catch the last day of ex-Camberwell student Alexandra Drawbridge’s first solo show at the Schwarzt Gallery. A great discovery (both artist and gallery). I really responded to the way she appropriated images from crime drama and changed their context.
From the press release:
“Drawbridge’s large digital prints of cropped female faces are at once alluring and unsettling. In this new work she has enlarged small sections of imagery from popular crime drama, transforming them into works of art, which navigate a space between intimidation and seduction.
These are powerful images where passive gestures exert a dominating presence. They are erotic but also alarming. Working on many levels to pull the viewer into a relationship, yet simultaneously push them away. They become vast human landscapes demanding engagement, yet the eyes are detached and uncommunicative. As the viewer approaches the printed surface disperses and moves away from the figurative to a more minimal intangible form.
Despite the contemporary context these works suggest classical references, such as Bernini’s sculptural epic ‘Ecstasy of St Teresa’ as well as exploring questions of fantasy and fetishism in relation to visual representation.”
I’m working on a series of large-scale comic book pages which combine frames from different sources, frames with dialogue removed and enlarged details from frames, with the intention of creating new narratives. I’ll then spray paint / highlight dialogue as in the Redacted Batman series.
Sorry To Take Such A Long Time
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I’ll collate all of my research and thinking on the large scale works I’ve been creating in a future post. These are the artists that I’ve been researching so far (list is not exhaustive)