Edouard Malingue Gallery

Edouard Malingue Gallery

People ‘use’ art in very different ways. Some use it as a documenting device; to resurrect memories that has happened in their past. Some use it as an expressive outlet; to create images that are beyond imagination for aesthetic fulfillments. Some even, use it as an experiment; that induce questions, debates, challenges, and teases certain realities in our society. Those who might be lesser appreciated, but indeed highly noticed are people who use art to create things that can be disturbing to the mind.

Anxieties. Something that rarely comes up in conversation happens to be revealed by the gatherings of Rowing Projects, London; depicting such a topic through a range of dark, distorted but fascinating works by different artists. From now until the 6th of October, these curated works will be proudly exhibited at Edouard Malingue Gallery, under the title ‘Anatomy of Anxieties’.

Each of these works view the physicality of bodies no longer as pure flesh and bones; but a vessel that morphs its definition under different circumstances. For such, it means the common notion of identity breaks down into explorations of different subjects such as ‘fantasy, trauma and perversion’. No longer binding itself to usual recognitions, but what that it might be; the exhibition challenges viewers into themes of control, instruments, relationships as well as feelings that are packaged under dark humour and abnormal reactions.

We handpicked our three favourites from the show, including names Rachel Maclean, Cui Xinming and Cindy Sherman. Rachel Maclean goes for a very deep and sexually under- toned execution, as displayed on our feature image above. With a bubble gum colored scene of what appears to be a joking representation; she in facts am inspired by a biblical episode, which she interprets with a sense of childhood innocence, only to reflect upon the corrupted truth within the minds of youngsters via the media saturated world now. As for Cui Xinming, the gruesomeness is less vivid; but his topics are reflections of the personal experience or seeings he has of scenarios within the current society. Tensioning between his physical observations and mental insights; his paintings are often very dark and hollow, inviting yet uninviting with the spook that it gives off. Needless for further details, Cindy Sherman has never fails to cause chaos in our minds through her film and stills which comments upon the power of the gaze; manifesting the ideas of female stereotypes and human relationships.

Edouard Malingue Gallery

Edouard Malingue Gallery

Edouard Malingue Gallery