Mixing artwork and fantastic eating, Sickboy (interviewed) is kicking off his newest present on the high-end division retailer Harvey Nichols tonight with a launch dinner and artist’s discuss. Optical Delusions builds upon his ever-expanding use of semiotics to create a dream-like world that glows and radiates gentle.
The Bristol-based artist has lengthy experimented with an array of unorthodox mediums: from portray on bell-jars within the early 2000s, to creating tapestries a decade later and onwards to the lightboxes which dominate this most up-to-date exhibition. These illuminated works appear as if a modernist evocation of the stained glass home windows that adorn many church buildings, and as such, they’re very a lot consistent with the indirect however ever-present biblical references to redemption, salvation and the sweet-ever-after which will be discovered all through his oeuvre; in some ways, these are the right visible accompaniment to the gospel and soul music which the artist so loves.
Quite a few gentle packing containers are extremely graphic, however others introduce way more painterly methods to this medium. The structure of a few of these works mirrors that of a comic book guide, however relatively than presenting an simply accessible linear narrative, we as a substitute have a Gysin-esque mash up of images to discover and unravel. Every panel accommodates an image that’s able to standing alone, however on this format, they as a substitute enter right into a dialogue with the neighbouring panel and create one thing which veers from the playful and spiritually-uplifting to the disorienting and anxiety-inducing.
The present is on show at Harvey Nichols, 27 Philadelphia St, Quakers Friars, Bristol BS1 3BZ.
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