Modern Panic III

  • Apiary Studios
  • Hackney
  • London
  • 2012-11-23

Guerrilla Zoo’s acclaimed Modern Panic exhibition returns for a third installment, featuring a unique collection of over fifty surreal, controversial and provocative international artists and live art performances.

!(feature_l)!Carrie Reichardt and Elizabeth Buckfield lambasted consumerism and brands in dystopian works. The former’s ceramic mosaic piece features scenes from last summer’s riots mounted on a real Jaguar car bonnet, juxtaposing a symbol of the type of conspicuous consumption that contributes to some of society’s woes as illustrated by the looting. The latter’s collaged and painted canvases show tortured soles against a backdrop of UK high street company names. Santiago Caruso, the exhibition’s poster boy, blends surreal, fantastical and horrifying elements in his beautifully detailed monochrome sketches. The illustration on Modern Panic III’s flyer portrays a macabre skull made up of the trappings of money, whilst elements of London (the Eye, Canary Wharf, the Thames) make up Miranda Benzies surrealist portrait.

At times grisly and grim, there is beauty and humour too in this show.

Nightmarish chimera beasts are dotted throughout the show. Dan Hillier’s work comprises of beautifully illustrated Victorian ladies and gentlemen with unexpected octopus tenticles for legs or eagle’s wings for hair and sit well with macabre animal taxidermy from Franko B. Chiho Iwase’s seemingly cute and cuddly works on closer inspection reveal human body parts spliced with soft toys. Cedric Laquieze’s skeletal sculptures are constructed from insect abdomens, butterfly wings and flowers, painted in beautiful iridescent colours like those of a scarab beetle. Natasha Lawes, a creative hair and make-up stylist who has worked with the likes of Bat For Lashes, Metronomy and Ladyhawke, exhibits a beautiful mask made from butterfly wings mounted on a skull.

!(feature_r)!Many other works of art contain bone, human hair and blood. Roger Williams, one of the show’s live art practitioners uses the children’s game Operation as inspiration for his rework of the human body, using scalpels and kidney dishes in place of paintbrush and palette. Louise Riley creates her art by embroidering onto worn mattresses, incorporating the traces left by the bodies that have slept on them. More provocatively, nude works or those based around the pornography of women are exhibited by Emma Buggy, whose Vagina Shoes are exactly that, lady parts spilling forth from a pair of black glittery stripper heels. Lucy Sparrow has used felt and embroidery, a medium associated with being a genteel female pastime, to create a giant twelve page jazz mag.

And a review would not be complete without mentioning the illustrations of Charles Bronson, whose musings on solitary confinement offer a delectable insight into the mind of a person often described by the British press as the “most violent prisoner in Britain”. At times grisly and grim, there is beauty and humour too in this show, making Modern Panic III a success.

Modern Panic III
Saturday, November 24th – Sunday, December 2nd 2012
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
Open 11am – 8pm every day
Entry £3

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