CHARLIE SMITH london: Fleursdumal - 9 May 2014 to 7 June 2014
Emma Bennett 'Watching the Dark', 2013
Oil on canvas
Curated by Dolly Thompsett
Emma Bennett, Michael Boffey, G L Brierley, Bernhard Martin, Neal Rock, Dolly Thompsett
Thursday May 8th 6:30-8:30pm
Friday May 9th – Saturday June 7th 2014
‘The beautiful is always strange’, said Baudelaire.
The artists in this show demonstrate within their painterly flourishes a strange beauty that alludes to a sense of corruption and to the festering nature of an often hidden aspect of human consciousness.
The work selected relates to Baudelaire’s collection of 19th century poems ‘Les Fleurs du mal’ by embracing an awareness of death, degeneracy and pain. The six artists in the exhibition have developed visual vocabularies that echo Baudelaire's syntax in order to elucidate something, something that speaks most strangely of beauty.
Within these paintings a moment of expression is fashioned by means of art that truly speaks of life, like a briefly blossoming flower that feeds from the decomposing carcasses of beasts, great and small, and from the sun above.
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