Obscene Beasts and Corpses.

Exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth. Winter 2020 / 2021

This exhibition is informed by imagined events following the mythical eating of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. They present this moment as symbolising a moment of humanities fall from an otherwise innocent nature. This is displayed as a re-imagining and merging of what is considered as archetypes of natural forms and symbolically of artificial forms.

The sculpture presents an anthropomorphic tree like shape with trunk and limb forms derived and associated with the human body or its functions. This artificial tree-man image represents humanities managed distortion of nature. The shapes within its form caricature natures ambiguous forms as voluptuous body parts and shapes associated with desire, lust, liberty and over excess. The meaning if any is intentionally ambivalent as either a dire warning of those who indulge or equally a celebration of knowledge, individuality and freedom from ignorant obedience.

Of the two canvases shown, one displays a dreamlike, overly colourful and idyllic or Arcadian nature. The other, a darker more confined space, comprised of shapes resembling tree trunks but also industrial chimneys, smoke and pollution. They present an image of a distorted person shown within imaginary landscapes derived in part from modernist paintings such as Matisse’s ‘Le bonheur de vivre’ (1905-06) and Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles D’Avignon’ (1907).  As well as by an earlier series of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch together called ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ (c 1490 – 1510). In which humanity is witnessed in various states before, during and after the Fall.

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Obscene Beasts and Corpses. was last modified: December 16th, 2020 by Danny May