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Louise Giovanelli, Danica Lundy and Ilana Savdie at White Cube Bermondsey

Next week, White Cube Bermondsey opens three solo exhibitions by painters Louise Giovanelli (b. 1993, London, UK), Danica Lundy (b. 1991, Salt Spring, Canada) and Ilana Savdie (b. 1986, raised in Barranquilla, Colombia) from 8th July – 11th September 2022. 

Louise Giovanelli As If, Almost

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Louise Giovanelli Consumer 2022 Oil on linen 71.8 x 41.1 x 2.1 cm | 28 1/4 x 16 3/16 x 13/16 in. ( © the artist. Photo © White Cube (David Westwood) Courtesy of the artist, White Cube and GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

Louise Giovanelli’s first exhibition at White Cube features a new body of work in which she explores contemporary modes of devotion and worship, reworking and closely cropping details taken from sources including paintings, film stills and images of popular performers.

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Louise Giovanelli Vanitas 2022 Oil on linen 94 1/2 x 133 7/8 in. (240 x 340 cm) Diptych, each: 94 1/2 x 66 15/16 in. (240 x 170 cm) © the artist. Photo © White Cube (Ollie Hammick). Courtesy of the artist, White Cube and GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

Born in London, UK, and living and working in Manchester, Giovanelli works in series, returning repeatedly to the same imagery to evoke an uncanny, augmented reality. In ‘As If, Almost’, she returns to a familiar motif of sumptuous curtains, which act as a backdrop to the exhibition and create a sense of drama and expectation.

Danica Lundy Stop Bath

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Danica Lundy Romancing the sink 2022 Oil on canvas 72 1/16 x 48 1/16 in. (183 x 122 cm) © the artist. Image © Shark Senesac. Courtesy White Cube

For her first exhibition at White Cube, Danica Lundy presents ‘Stop Bath’, a new series of paintings that employ disorienting perspectives and altered autobiography to examine the inner workings of bodies and machines, power structures, loss, and the act of looking.

Danica Lundy Overtime
Danica Lundy Overtime 2022 Oil on canvas 84 1/16 x 108 1/4 in. (213.5 x 275 cm) © the artist. Image © Shark Senesac. Courtesy White Cube

In her complex compositions, Lundy’s varied use of paint and art history provides a subtextual narrative. In all, the show could read like a folk song or a small-town mystery; a clue from one painting leads to another, refrains repeat, and the paintings come slowly into focus.

Born on Salt Spring Island, Canada, Lundy now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Ilana Savdie In jest

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Ilana Savdie Mamita mamita, rica y apretadita 2022 Oil, acrylic and beeswax on canvas stretched on panel 72 x 67 in. (182.9 x 170.2 cm) © the artist. Photo © White Cube (Lance Brewer)

Ilana Savdie’s vibrant, large-scale figurative paintings explore themes of performance, transgression, identity and power, aiming to dismantle ideas of binary and fixed identity. Although now living and working in Brooklyn, New York, the artist was raised in Barranquilla in Colombia and draws extensively on the city’s tradition of ‘Carnaval’, a week-long display of transgressive excess.

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Ilana Savdie The Mouth briefly shut itself 2022 Oil, acrylic and beeswax on canvas stretched on panel 72 x 67 in. (182.9 x 170.2 cm) © the artist. Photo © White Cube (Lance Brewer)

For her inaugural exhibition at White Cube titled ‘In jest’, Savdie presents new paintings and drawings that explore abundance and the grotesque as paths of resistance to subjugation, fusing the biological with the folkloric.

All shows 8th July – 11th September 2022. White Cube Bermondsey

About the artists

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Louise Giovanelli 2022 © Michael Pollard Courtesy White Cube

Louise Giovanelli (b. 1993, London) lives and works in Manchester, UK. She studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt (2018–20) under the tutelage of Amy Sillman, having received her BA from the Manchester School of Art, UK, in 2015. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Manchester Art Gallery, UK (2019); Workplace Foundation, Gateshead, UK (2019); Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, UK (2018); The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2016). Giovanelli’s work has been featured in group exhibitions that include; Hayward Gallery, London (2021); AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (2021); and The Art House, Worcester, UK (2019).

Danica Lundy © the artist. Image © Erin Pollock. Courtesy White Cube
Danica Lundy © the artist. Image © Erin Pollock. Courtesy White Cube

Danica Lundy (b. 1991, Salt Spring, Canada) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from Mount Allison University, Sackville, and completed her MFA at the New York Academy of Art, where she concentrated on painting and was awarded the Leipzig International Art Programme Residency and the Chubb Post-Graduate Fellowship. A three-time Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant recipient, Lundy has exhibited internationally, with solo shows in Canada, Italy, Germany, and the United States. Her work is in the public collections of Dallas Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami and Sydney Modern Project, New South Wales.

Ilana Savdie © the artist. Image © Harry Griffin.
Ilana Savdie © the artist. Image © Harry Griffin. Courtesy White Cube

Ilana Savdie (b. 1986, raised in Barranquilla, Colombia) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008 she received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA, and in 2018 she received her MFA from Yale University, New Haven, USA. Her work has been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2021); Kunstraum Potsdam, Germany (2021); Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp (2019); and the B3 Biennial, Frankfurt (2017). In November 2022 she will become one of the inaugural Artists-in-Residence at Horizon Art Foundation, Los Angeles.

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