Flowers in a Dark Room - La Galleria Pall Mall
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
AN EXHIBITION of photographs by John Stoddart will be on display at La Galleria Pall Mall from February 3 to February 17, 2009.
An ambitious and unusual project has been undertaken by Stoddart in this multi-layered dual exhibition of his work, accompanied by words from the renowned poet John Armstrong.
The Gallery is separated into two distinct and different bodies of work. The first is a body of work of a number of images echoing a central triptych, the foundation theme, based on Caravaggio’s painting of Salome. Each panel of the triptych is accompanied by a poem by Armstrong, the strength of the words colouring and referencing the imagery.
The exhibition then moves on, showing many more of Stoddart’s portraits both old and new – for example, a beautiful Tilda Swinton in the days when she was Derek Jarman’s muse, and a modern study of Marco Pierre White that would easily pass as a Bond villain.
The overall theme of the exhibition has a melancholic thread running through each individual portrait, which reflects the some time fickle face of fame.
Once Upon a Time, featuring the work of Italian artist Antonio Nocera, continues at La Galleria Pall Mall until January 23, 2009.
La Galleria Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 4UY
Tel: 020 7930 8069