Artists: Nigel Grimmer, Aindreas Scholz, Stephanie Moran, Glen Wild, Virginia Verran, Christopher Bond, Kirsten Glass, Claudia Bose
9th Aug – 15th Sep 57a Redchurch Street London E2 7DJ www.studio1-1.co.uk
Called back from the brink, artists who bring the self-portrait into question. A metamorphic dialogue (des sourds?) between Narcissus and Echo. The show, over six weeks will evolve from clear self-absorption to tentative steps back into the real world and away from mythopoeia. Keeping mythopoeia at bay… The transformative vectors between ‘men and women’ personal history and story-telling, autobiography masquerading as fiction and fiction masquerading as autobiography.
(In a digression – There is a case for saying that Jean Santeuil, Proust’s first tryout for arguably the greatest novel of the 20th Century ‘A La Recherche..’ fails not simply because of youth and naivete but because he feels the need to disguise autobiography as ‘fiction’ (for historical personal reasons which are clear) whereas the final masterpiece succeeds precisely for the opposite reason – Proust discovers the modernist sophistication in presenting fiction as ‘autobiography’). Invention as recorded fact – an echo of life.
(all will not be revealed)
“You trees,” says he, “and thou surrounding grove,Who oft have been the kindly scenes of love, Tell me, if e’er within your shades did lye A youth so tortur’d, so perplex’d as I? I, who before me see the charming fair, Whilst there he stands, and yet he stands not there: In such a maze of love my thoughts are lost.
Johann Wilhelm Baur