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The Macabre Masterpiece of Terror

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Macabre Masterpiece of Terror, three new large works by Kirsten Glass, Adam King and Peter Lamb, will be on display at the Monika Bobinska gallery from January 8 to February 8, 2009.

The Macabre Masterpiece of Terror addresses the aesthetic and values of the classic B-movie in a contemporary social and political context.

The three artists work on a heroic scale, all sharing an ‘excessive’ sensibility which is often high on visual thrills yet seemingly unburdened with the conventions of ‘serious’ art. The work variously invokes the flamboyant, the decadent, the shamanistic, the kitsch and the punk aesthetic.

The strange and haunting composite paintings of Kirsten Glass fuse elements of pop culture, film noir and fairy tale, incorporating unlikely materials and objects.

Adam King’s installations and collages appropriate images and objects from magazines, catalogues, markets and thrift shops to create works which allude to ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture. The work typically has an ephemeral, improvised, abject aesthetic, a darkly humorous comment on western society’s fixation with celebrity, fashion and consumption.

Peter Lamb’s gestural, violent, emotionally charged works incorporate collaged photographs, sculpture, found elements, drawings, paint and artificial lighting. The striking compositions with their cut and paste aesthetic hint shamanisticaly at barely grasped truths and realisations.

Monika Bobinska gallery, 242 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9DA

Telephone: 020 8980 9393