Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Enter the Subconscious World
'BUMS' by Pawel Sliwinski
At a place called Beers Contemporary, one might expect to find a pub housing new flavoured beers or a licensed bar hosting DJs with radical new sounds. One would not expect a spotless white gallery. It is a bit of a non-sequitur, isn't?
Well so is the upcoming exhibition soon arriving at Beers Contemporary Arts Gallery. With a private viewing on the 8th of January, Non-Sequitur opens to the general public on the 9th, and will remain free to view until 9th February. It features four artists, all of whom explore the world of dreams through mysterious characters set in abstract landscapes.
For example, Pawel Sliwinski's Bums (2013) is a vibrant Picasso-esque portrait of vagabonds; they are drinking, vomiting, and smoking something that probably accounts for its psychedelic mood. Jorge Castellanos's Modern Death (2012) is almost a direct response. His paisley maize colours are as lifeless as the skeletons entombed within, and is the likely ending for the bums in the previous painting. These malformed images share similarities with Kate Lyddon's head bust, Lunatic (2013). The grotesque form implies our general attitude towards the disfigured; do we consider them lunatics or mentally impaired just because of their appearance?
Michael Fanta's Untitled (2013) oil painting has the most literal image of the four artists, depicting a man submerged in the ocean. This is an activity we all take part in, and therefore the most identifiable, yet at the same time, there is a tinge of sadness. He is alone, lost at sea. Non-Sequitur makes us feel just as lost, as we enter a subconscious world full of symbols that don't add up.