Mythos | Beth Carter, Lisa Ivory, Josef Ofer | CHARLIE SMITH LONDON
15 Sunday 15th July

Mythos | Beth Carter, Lisa Ivory, Josef Ofer | CHARLIE SMITH LONDON

Charlie Smith London

336 Old Street, 2nd Floor, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9DR

Price: Free
Time: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Starts: Fri 13th Jul
Ends: Sat 11th Aug

Three-person show investigating dark, foreboding mythologies in oil, bronze, plaster and ink. Including Beth Carter, Lisa Ivory, Josef Ofer.

CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to present 'Mythos', a three-person show investigating foreboding, personalised mythologies in oil, bronze, plaster and ink. Each of these artists engages with universal mythology in order to derive a unique, subjective and relentless vision.

Beth Carter's plaster and bronze sculptures often combine man and animal, drawing on a rich and ancient history of hybrid mythologies. The integration of human and animal forms within Carter's work is effortless, creating an entirely tenable slippage between the imaginary and reality. Referencing, for example, biblical and Celtic mythologies including the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse or the Underworld, Carter appeals to an internal place that is informed and dominated by storytelling, dream and universal archetypes.

Lisa Ivory's crepuscular paintings are simultaneously sensual and abject. Often depicting beasts coupling with naked women in open landscape, we are presented with an alternative meditation on man and animal; civilisation and nature. Ivory employs the bestial as an affirmative metaphor. Narratives throughout history have presented the beast as an exiled, malevolent aberration that induces fear and horror, representing the antithesis of society's expectations whilst Ivory's monsters are Outsiders who are accepted and embraced, no longer the excluded Other.

Josef Ofer recalls Goya, Daumier and Victor Hugo. His ink drawings of often solitary, skeletal figures convey an incomparable inner, existential angst. Occasionally hybrid and bestial, and always redolent with despair, Ofer's work provides a counterpoint to both Carter and Ivory. More internalised, and inhabiting an isolated wilderness, Ofer's figures truly depict a Romantic vision, and a critique of society and civilization that can only be achieved by one's removal from it.

Private View 12 July. Open 11am-6pm Wed-Sat. Contact the gallery for further information on 020 7739 4055. Follow the gallery @CHARLIESMITHldn.

Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Galleries / Art.

Artists / Speakers: Beth Carter, Lisa Ivory, Josef Ofer.




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