Niklas Nenzén is based in Stockholm, Sweden
Janice Sloane is based in NYC
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.
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.
In Sloane's Portrait heads, the theme of skin and its impermanence has been a constant.
"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."