Art & Seduction
This blog post is long overdue. Not solely because it's been a month since I wrote my last one, but because I am finally typing both art and seduction in the same sentence. This week, Espacio Gallery put together a group exhibition called Seduction & Desire featuring works from artists in and outside of London. Living just down the road from Espacio, I had no excuse but to stop in on my way home from work, have a drink, a chat and a wander. It did help that an artist I previously worked with was exhibiting!
What makes art seductive? I used to the think that only artwork that strictly represented reality was most likely to succeed in 'seducing' me. I still think so, but I wondered what the viewers thought as they walked through the gallery while observing each artists' take on what seduction and desire is. I spoke with the artist that painted the blue man smothered in legs (left). She travelled all the way from the middle east to exhibit her work in London as an emerging artist. I had to ask her why because this was a new level of artist dedication that I had not yet encountered. In a nutshell, her answers were; freedom of expression, the human form and sex. All three are free game in the London art scene and there is no platform and little tolerance for it where she is from.
I made my way further into the gallery space. I now considered that the surreal may have more of an impact on our senses than I thought. Some pieces didn't resemble the human form, but rather alluded to it by creating unconventional scenes and utilising various colours to depict sexuality. Some even used energy to portray seduction and desire...
What do you see in the painting above? The artist, Keren Meguira, envisioned a 'creative impulsion'- and I saw probably what I think an orgasm would look like on canvas. This piece is highly emotive and I didn't need to see an array of body parts to understand how seduction and desire could be seen in this artwork. It helped that the entire painting consisted of various tones of red and there was a distinct spatter spreading across the entirety of the piece.
By this point I'd seen seduction and desire portrayed through a series of figures, non-figures, colours and was feeling open to the works to come. Examining the above, I saw solitude, contemplation, passion and the biological and physical processes of desire.
As a self-proclaimed minimalist, I am often drawn to the less flashy yet tasteful. I found this piece to depict seduction and desire in the most 'realistic' manner without the need for complex interpretation. After appreciating its simplicity, I left my wine glass on the bar downstairs for the umpteenth time and left the gallery with colours and body parts on my mind.