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All the Dead Dears - WW Gallery

Emma Talbot, Drawing Stairs you look so high tonight climbing up with all my might, 2011, watercolour paper, 24 x 30cm.

Exhibition preview

WW Gallery is presenting All the Dead Dears, an exhibition of drawing, painting, sculpture and print by Ross Chisholm, Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee, Emma Talbot and Sarah Woodfine – from November 14 to December 15, 2012.

Curated by Mindy Lee and Sarah Gilham, All the Dead Dears is the first in a new programme of exhibitions guest-curated by prominent artist/curator duos which will continue throughout 2013 at WW Gallery.

A sinister lure lurks at the heart of All the Dead Dears, reviving what once was into a new and otherworldly state. Sensual desire is twisted and ruptured; this disrupted decadence tips in and out of states of loss, emptiness and longing.

Drawing on personal memories, rituals, invented mythologies and historical icons, each artist references and retells the past. As these moments are invoked an uneasy tension and a jarring sense of the ‘out of time’ sets in.

Time is spliced together, compressing different moments into hybrid narratives which fuse and cyclically loop. These narratives are trapped in flux where they are continually evolving, unravelling, pulling apart, lacerating, breaking or dissolving. As tension mounts things appear to move out of all control.

The mundane or accidental take on increasing significance and theatricality. Public and private personae become interchangeable, exposing a psychological release which is consumed and reabsorbed.

The opulence of surface and subject tempts the viewer further into the world of All the Dead Dears. Yet the beauty of seduction and the temptation of desires in turn unveil awkwardness, violence, horror and the macabre. Trapped between attraction and repulsion in a compressed present, the viewer is horribly compelled to indulge.

Times: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm during exhibitions only. Other days open by appointment only.

WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8DX