SRO GALLERY is pleased to present The Air Is Frozen at the Luxury Hotel, a two person exhibit featuring works by Janice Sloane and Niklas Nenzén.
Each artist’s work stands alone in this presentation of sculpture and works on paper, while both revolve in some way around the domain of sympathetic absurdist surgery.
As seen through this exhibit, the idea of the portrait and "body revisionism" can assume a multitude of forms and meanings, whether as physical structure, psychological metaphor, or social construct.
In Sloane’s Portrait heads, the theme of skin and its impermanence has been a constant. Sloane’s clutch of sculptural organisms made as portraits from, among other materials, Vinyl, Hair and dentures, invite us to find responses to a self characterized through an abstract carnal deformity, full up with dislocated facial ideals and a sense of our skins’ desperate and constant transformation.
Her works question the body. They are poised on the edge of the fence between figuration and abstraction, declining to slither with Cubism’s modernist annihilations. This bodily impermanence relates potently to our human predicament of aging.
Sloane’s statement from her website:
“I work with themes of impermanence while relating them to issues regarding aging, “ideal beauty”, sexuality, eternal youth, disfigurement, disease, healing and cosmetic surgery. Ideas are also drawn from African sculpture, ritual objects and painting. Using organic and inorganic materials, photography, painting and sculpture— the work is a mix of everlasting and temporary. The subjects are caught by chance in a process of transformation, and rendered static.”
For Niklas Nenzén’s precision collages, the atmosphere of cloistered chambers as self-portrait is a site of suspect supernatural memory and a springboard for follies and fantasies. His idea is based on a playful hypothesis about how the human body is readable as an atlas of mythic locale. Or conversely, that myths and fables supposedly depict the self-discovery and creation of the present human body. On display in the gallery are works from a theme named “Fabled Senses”, wherein each image is, at least to Nenzén, purportedly a lost tale from an archaic mind.
Something unearthly, yet believable, seems to have happened in each work. In some, an escape hatch or path thankfully offers a way out and we leave with a suggestion of collective memory.