The provocative practice of London-born, LA-based artist Penny SLINGER spans photography, collage, film and sculpture. Active from the late 1960s, Slinger emerged into a maelstrom of political protest, social change and sexual freedom. She graduated from the Chelsea School of Art in 1969 having developed a visual language she described as 'feminist surrealism', influenced by her study of European Surrealism, her friendship with Roland Penrose and association with Max Ernst. Slinger quickly began exploring and investigating the notion of the feminine subconscious and psyche, using her own body to examine the relationship between sexuality, mysticism and femininity.Read More
The work of Penny Slinger has featured in numerous exhibitions, including most recently ‘House of the Sleeping Beauties’ at Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, London, UK (2019); ‘Visible Women’, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, UK (2018); ‘Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings’, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (2018); the major touring exhibition ‘Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works from the Verbund Collection’ at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK (2016–2017) and Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (2015); ‘History Is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain’, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2015); ‘Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism’, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (2009); and ‘The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art’, Tate St. Ives, UK (2009).
Text courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery.
As well as offering the consolations of ritual, Elizabeth describes the occult as a source of anti-authoritarian power. Much of the art in her book is by women, many – such as the Swedish theosophist Hilma af Klint or the surrealist mystic Remedios Varo – marginal figures in their time.
An exhibition of her Tantric Transformations, 'full-frontal' photo collages and body Xerox monoprints from the 1970s, has also just opened at Richard Saltoun gallery. These gloriously erotic, explicit works mark the 72-year-old Slinger's progression from her earlier feminine reinterpretations of Surrealist collage into an exploration of the...
Since the Angels of Anarchy show, curators have tended to focus on her surrealist phrase–but her forthcoming exhibition at the Richard Saltoun Gallery in London is the first to pay attention to her tantric work, which she sees as a logical progression from surrealism.
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