1 November 2015 § Leave a comment
It seems that any debate about the artistic merits of Allen Jones’s works are almost entirely overwhelmed by the public reaction to his infamous female nudes. Drawing on the imagery of bondage and rubber fetishism his highly sexualised sculptures were a sensation when first revealed to a shocked sixties public, whilst fifty years or so on from their creation, they still stir strong views from people who tend towards the love/hate ends of the spectrum.
From the canvases we move on to two large spaces filled with his sculptural works. To illustrate the natural connection of Hamiltons 3D works to his paintings, the first one of these was largely occupied by highly original sculptures where two dimensional sheets of wood and steel have been cut, twisted and folded. With this seemingly simple process, Jones has created complex, dynamic and stylish objects that illustrate his consummate talents.
The final large gallery consists of his most controversial female sculptures. Standing terracotta-warrior style paraded across the room they are rather unnerving and one’s unease at viewing them works is immediate. Is he brilliantly revealing the male voyeuristic gaze and exposing how men really look at or think about women. Or does he simply just enjoy creating fetishistic sculptures of women?
Although his public statements have been equivocal, one has to suspect the former. This is what he said about his ‘furniture’ works: “presenting the figures as objects that would demand an immediate, non-art response: ie, chair – sitting; table – using. I attempted to dislocate the normal expectations when the viewer wishes to confront a work of art.”
16 June 2011 § Leave a comment
Quick last-minute reminder! James Hyman’s latest exhibition is well worth catching before it closes on the 18 June. The exhibition marks the 35th (?!) anniversary of RB Kitaj‘s seminal ‘Beyond the Human Clay’. This championed the artists of the School of London and presented drawing as central to all their work – both abstract and figurative.
The current show features an important pop-art work by Kitaj – the Bells of Hell as well other School of London works that include a Leon Kossoff self-portrait, two nice Eduardo Paolozzi sculptures and a Francis Bacon edition. Presented alongside, and nicely complementing it, are much more recent works by contemporary artists which ‘attempt to grapple with the human condition.’ These include Jenny Savile, Peter Doig, Chris Ofili and the Chapman Broters.
Beyond the Human Clay, until 18 June 2011 at James Hyman Fine Art, 5 Savile Row, London W1S 3PD