Janet Beckhouse, Damiano Bertoli, Georgina Cue, Naomi Eller, Irene Hanenbergh, Laresa Kosloff, James Lynch, Dora Maar, Rob McLeish, Jamie O'Connell, Daniel Price, Stuart Ringholt, Siliga David Setoga, Darren Sylvester, Louis Wain, Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)
Misshaped Head brings together artists whose works examine the peripheries of the body, considering its malleability and frailty. Mediums include drawings and sculpture, in addition to photography, video, installation and ceramics.
Works in the exhibition include an anthropomorphised cat drawing by the late English artist Louis Wain; drawings by Dora Maar, lover and muse to Pablo Picasso; the surreal ceramic sculptures of Janet Beckhouse, and the recent iteration of Damaino Bertoli’s investigation into Picasso’s play 'Désir Attrapé par la Queue (Desire Captured by the Tail)'.
As opposed to a solid entity, the body is considered as prone to breakage, slippage and leaks, as in Rob McLeish’s installation of resin sculpture and steel railing, which incorporates the figure of the gymnast.
The head as a subject is considered in the cast bronze mask sculptures of Darren Sylvester, and Stuart Ringholt’s collages from magazine cut outs while New Zealand based Samoan artist Siliga David Setoga records it altered to please cultural norms.
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