Drop Dead Gorgeous – Alexandra Drawbridge : 02.07.14 – 27.07.14





Image courtesy of: Erbil & Michalopoulos, 2013.

Private View: Wednesday 25th September 2013, 6-10 p.m
Exhibition dates: 25th September – 20th October 2013 or by appointment.
First Thursdays late opening: 3rd October, 6-9 p.m
Event: Artist talk: Saturday 5th October at 1 pm.  Free event, no booking required.
Gallery opening hours: Thursday – Sunday 12-6 p.m
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Art Licks Weekend opening hours:
Thursday 3rd October, 2013, 6-9 pm & Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October, 11 am-6 pm
‘Beyond Duality’ is a two-person show of the work of artists Ismail Erbil and Patrick Michalopoulos at Schwartz Gallery, the artist-curators and founders of the space. Delving intofacets of their collaborative as well as their individual practices the artists will focus on the creation of an expansive site-specific installation intertwining their respective approaches encompassing object and image-making, costume and performance art and video and installation. Overlapping categories of making and testing the boundaries of authorship in the context of collaboration BEYOND DUALITY advances ideas of shared communication and ownership to question idealised notions of objects, spaces and their perceived boundaries.
Taking the form of site specific installations Ismail Erbil’s new works for Beyond Duality investigate cycles of actions though a layering of objects and performative narratives that draw the viewer into environments or zones of experience. Working with reflective, transparent and opaque materials Erbil wraps, veils and conceals objects and surfaces to reconfigure representational devices. Sculptural objects and collages shift and transform evolving along a spectrum of light, a central theme of these works. Concealing the identity of objects in alternating shrouds of light and darkness the artist considers the nature of materiality and amplifies and distorts the experience of objects as vehicles of communication.
Patrick Michalopoulos presents a series of new works for ‘Beyond Duality’ that inhabit a space somewhere between object, photography, collage and performance. Alternating modes of representation leave the viewer to decide where images and objects begin and end questioning the apparatus of representation. Inverting hierarchies and functions of materials reflects the artist’s interest in the articulation of architectural spaces that carry with them psychological structures of human interaction. These scaled-down structures operate on a level akin to that of architectural models yet fall outside their strict parameters alluding to spaces of disembodiment, dislocation and intercepted communications.
For enquiries contact: info@schwartzgallery.co.uk
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Private View: Friday 1st August 6-9 p.m

Opening hours: Friday – Sunday 1-6 p.m

Hackney Wicked Festival: Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August.

First Thursdays late opening: 7th August, 6-9 p.m 


Drop Dead Gorgeous is the fourth in a series of solo exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists at Schwartz gallery, and Drawbridge’s first solo show in London.

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. 

Drawbridge was born in London in 1970, and studied BA Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art (2001), and MA Digital Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, with distinction (2007).

Enquiries: Schwartz Gallery: info@schwartzgallery.co.uk






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