The artistic notions of “flesh” are laid bare at the Newchild gallery in Antwerp
“Flesh”, the current exhibition at the Newchild Gallery in Antwerp, is an offbeat selection of art pieces expertly served, skin side up. The stimulating exhibition features both new commissions and drawings by Old Masters from the 1600s, where skin haunts the canvas like a source of joy and shame. “Flesh” is quintessentially bold from Newchild, a still in its infancy gallery that doubles as an experimental platform for established and emerging artists. Founded in 2020, Antverpian’s newcomer is the brainchild of creative director Chandler Noah, artist Diego Castaño and art expert Sarah Vanwelden, who have teamed up to facilitate the dialogue between contemporary art and the design in an elegant multifunctional space (Noah, and architect by trade, designed the space). The group exhibition, which opened on September 10, includes a series of performances that collectively explore the “ever-changing relationship between the artist’s hand and the subject’s flesh.” Here’s a spotlight on seven artists featured in “Flesh”, which is on view until November 27, 2021.
Christopher Hartmann’s plays confront traditional notions of masculinity by exploiting feelings of loneliness and lack of enthusiasm. Through vivid colors, Hartmann viscerally depicts scenes of detached environments where complex relationships are shaped by loss, intimacy and emotional detachment, like snapshots of a pile of white socks and Calvin Klein boxers.
Shona McAndrew’s life-size sculptures of women draw inspiration from both personal experience and observation, simultaneously drawing attention to the banality and importance of life’s most fleeting and introspective moments. “I want my work to work in the antithesis of that masculine gaze that dominates the history of art, advertising and the media,” says McAndrew, whose sculptures, installations and painted papier-mâché paintings depict female subjects. in quiet and intimate moments, like strolling. on a sunny sofa.
A large-scale composition by New York artist Kurt Kauper explores whether it is possible for a male artist to objectively paint a female nude: “Virtually every female nude painting I could think of belonged to one of the two. following categories: the object of desire (sometimes expressed in an inverted form as an object of repulsion), or an attempt to subvert that tradition, “says Kauper.” I wondered if it would be possible to paint the female nude of in such a way that it did not conform to any of these fashions, was impossible to easily categorize, and therefore would seem odd as it thwarted conventional understandings of the genre. Strangeness, in this sense, is an attribute of paintings that I really appreciate. “
Chloë Saï Breil-Dupont
Experimenting with traditional oil applications, French painter Chloë Saï Breil-Dupont portrays the people around her by investigating what constitutes and shapes their existence and identity. Evoking the practice of art historian Aby Warburg, the artist’s framed capture of memories (“cassettes” as she calls them) highlights the presence of their subject in a world “where entropy seems. to reign “.
Lukas Luzius Leichtle
German artist Lukas Luzius Leichtle explores the skin as the largest organ in the body; both partition between beings and their first point of contact with the world. His works present human subjects in exaggerated, even borderline theatrical poses that would not seem out of place on a stage vibrating with the movement of dancers expressing their inner selves.
Guillermo Martin Bermejo
Sketched in old notebooks and paperback covers, Guillermo Martin Bermejo’s pencil drawings reflect a personal romantic universe influenced by the historical paintings and literature that inspired him throughout his life. Although Bermejo’s work seems simple in its composition, it is full of precious memories.
Rembrandt van Rijn
Dating from 1656, Rembrandt’s engraving of goldsmith Johannes Lutma during the Dutch Golden Age is one of the oldest pieces in the exhibition. The legendary artist renders the subject in an expressive snapshot surrounded by his tools, the concept of flesh manifesting through intricate hatching.
“FLESH” is visible until November 27, 2021 at New child Antwerp, Geuzenstraat 16, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium.