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I Hope This Finds You Well, Gallery 46


Londonewcastle presents I Hope This Finds You Well, an exhibition that explores the relationship of the temporal engagements between technology and detachment.

Revolving around sexuality and politics, the exhibition is a timely contribution to the art landscape during an era that has seen the introduction of a more gender-fluid society, and also during a period of global political upheaval. The exhibition title is a romantic response to the opening of a conversation, where individuals are willing to engage with again after a period of detachment.

Christopher Hartmann’s ambivalent and ambiguous scenes of interpersonal relationships take place in non-descript places or times. Estranged bodies long for intimacy that remains unanswered, a reaction to the changes we are seeing within society.

Sarah Thibault’s work is inspired by Instagram selfies. This includes iconography from historically religious paintings that have traditionally been deemed feminine, she acts as both artist and muse, consumer and creator of imagery and culture.

Illustrating abjection, violence, intimacy and isolation, Eleni Odysseos’s works reflect on the reality of political instability and division that is widespread across the globe.

In Pouyan Jafarizadeh’s installation, the video work gives a meditative reflection on the isolation of antidepressants and sexual experience, something that feels timely given the fact that society is now afflicted with rising levels of mental illness.

Meanwhile, Maurizio Bongiovanni’s oil painting is a reflection on our readings of mythology. Nude, it comments on the sexualised heroes have been portrayed throughout history.

Jans Muskee’s work depicts love, passion and gender. In careful reproductions of visual reality, he uses nudity as a way to protest and to celebrate the power of bodies – of all genders – equally.

Within his photography work, Jaime Welsh stages performative male encounters within interior spaces. He uses mirrors as psychological devices to reflect on the social commentary of fluid identity, private acts of contemplation, individual narcissism and homoeroticism.

Ian Caleb Molina Zoller draws biomorphic, zoomorphic and sexual symbols to explore the revolution attacking boundaries around gender and sexuality within society.

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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Photo, Jennie Gill, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield. Photo Our Favourite Places / Nigel Barker for Yorkshire Artspace.