Zohar Fraiman summons a multitude of archetypes in her paintings, confronting the viewer with a visual clash - is the moment we are observing a pleasant or devastating scene, a fantastic dream or a nightmare? Painted figuratively, Fraiman combines retro advertisements, pop culture or cartoon figures on the canvas within absurd scenarios. She utilises these images to question the roles of ‘sheroes’ or ‘anti-sheroes’ – female heroes/anti-heroes. The themes of gender, feminism, identity and the role of women in society are an essential part of her work.
Paul Hutchinson’s photographic work portrays urban life through the inquisitive and politically driven observations of the artist. Purposefully created systems of signifiers are revealed that raise questions of class differentiation and social inequality, whilst maintaining an air of dreaminess and fragility. His images confront us with moments of intimacy and imperfections of everyday life, whilst at the same time referring to the underlying sentiment of opposition and revolt, the questioning of alleged authorities – a thread that runs through much of Hutchinson’s work.
Kylätasku boldly reaches for large-scale topics of a human and metaphysical nature. In the history of philosophy and religion, these ultimate questions of life have been entitled perennial, ones that are infinitely recurring, ones without a final answer. In Kylätasku's work, the eternal questions lean on metaphysical and human opposites or counterparts, and on their questioning. Spirit and matter, awareness and body, thinking and experience, self and otherness, desire and object of desire, presence and absence, visible and invisible – these life-defining counterparts, and many more, meet one another in Kylätasku's work, both in form and content.
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