Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Fire & Brimstone at AXOLOTL gallery

It has been a while since I have posted anything as nothing really seemed to be happening in the art world over the summer. Sales were slower and galleries were not planning many shows. I used the spare time wisely and I got in touch with the fabulous Axolotl Gallery on Dundas Street in Edinburgh, who immediately offered me a two person show in November.
I have been painting solidly since then and am onto framing work. The opening is on bonfire night, Friday 5th November, so to tie in with the date, I decided to base my show around fire & Brimstone, and of course, beautiful but wicked angels.

Show description:

And the angels came to the city of the Sodomites...when the Sodomites beheld the young men, who were outstanding in beauty of appearance and who had been received into Lot’s house, they set about to do violence and outrage to their youthful beauty. When Lot exhorted them to be temperate and not to proceed to dishonor the strangers but to have respect for their lodging with him and said that he would offer his own daughters for their lust in place of them, if they were unable to restrain themselves, not even so were they persuaded. Therefore, God, indignant at their bold acts, struck them with blindness, so that they were unable to find the entrance into the house, and condemned the Sodomites to destruction of the whole population. —Jewish Antiquities 1:199-202

Biblical stories have always fascinated me as many of the events are miraculous, even fantastical, and the writings are open to so many interpretations. The story of the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah ties in well with my work inspired by burlesque performers, in that their acts often portray acts of baudy humour, earthly desire and sexual deviance. Where woman can be wicked and men can tease.

The towns that were destroyed by God were bound by earthly pleasures. God sent his angels, beautiful but deadly men, as his agents of destruction to make the wanton residents repent.

"Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens" Genesis 19:24. "Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly" II Peter 2:6.

I invite you into the world of angels and to view the inhabitants of a sinful city like Sodom, where women tease and men are lustful, and sometimes revenge is sweet and murderously delicious. The paintings include angels depicted as tattooed men or women who may, or may not, be godly creatures.

The time for earthly pleasures may be limited, so let the fireworks begin!