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"There was an awful rainbow once in heaven:
We know he r woof\, her texture\; she is given
In the dull catalogue of common t hings.
Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings\,
Conquer all myst eries by rule and line\,
Empty the haunted air\, and gnomed mine - Unweave a rainbow\, as it erewhile made

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The tender-person'd Lam ia melt into a shade."

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John Keats\, Lamia\, 1884

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Scre am is proud to present ‘Unweave the Rainbow’\, its second annual curated ex hibition of
emerging artists.  The sequel to last January’s ‘States o f Reverie’\, ‘Unweave the Rainbow’
features young artists from the US A\, UK\, China and Poland\, each with a unique style\, who have
in co mmon a psychedelic\, other worldy or surreal sensibility.

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The exhibition title is inspired by John Keats’ 19th Century poem ‘Lamia’\, an allegory for man’s
attempt to separate emotions and sensuality from reason\, this poem inspired the selection of
artists in ‘Unweave the Rainbow’.  The practice of each artist featured in this exhibition
de monstrates tension between dream and reality\, imagination and reason.

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Several of the artists work in 2 or 3 dimensions\, for example Ca roline Jane Harris who creates
otherworldly handcut photographs\; Jen Stark whose psychedelic paper sculptures are also
handcrafted\, and Scott Hove who creates surreal cake sculptures fit for the fairy palace of Keats’
Lamia.  Ye Hongking uses a collage of multi-coloured stickers to create depictions of Nirvana.
Malgosia Stepnik\, Andrew McAttee an d Cain Caser are all exhibiting paintings with explosive
neon palette s that inhabit the entire spectrum of the rainbow.

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Jen Stark was born and grew up in Miami\, Florida\, and cites the indigenous tropical plants and
cultural diversity as influences on her artwork.  She was commissioned this year by the Ft.
Lauderdale Museum of Art to create a 90ft by 35 ft mural to adorn the outside of their building\,
and s he exhibited at the recent Art Basel Miami at PULSE and Scope Art Fair with LMAK
Projects.

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At Scream she will exhibit two of her s ignature paper sculptures whose geometrical shapes can
be found in na tural and organic forms. Stark’s practice displays an almost Platonic obses sion with
Form and the problem of universals\, of translating the ess ence of what she observes in nature
into 3 dimensional paper sculptur es.  She has been creating art since the age of 4\, and graduated
fro m Maryland Institute College of art in 2005.  Her artwork recently graced t he cover of Harvard
Business Review\, and she has been featured in Mo dern Painters\, Nylon\, New American
Paintings and PUSH Paper: 30 Art ists Explore the Boundaries of Paper Art.  Stark started
experimentin g with coloured construction paper and a Xacto knife whilst studying in the south of
France\,wherethe transformation of an ordinary material int o something multi-layered and magical began.  In her work geometry\, nature and mathematics collide\, and the complex process
can take several w eeks.     
 
Caroline Jane Harris transforms paper into unique k aleidoscopic marvels that encapsulate the
inherent beauty of nature. She is fascinated by natural phenomena\, and the geometric
symmetries found in all levels of existence such as the bronchi of a lung\, river net works and
neuron activity.  Pre-programmed visual preferences\, encod ed neurally in innate reference
patterns are considered in the relati onship between humans and their environment.

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Eastern Printmaking an d Paper-cutting techniques influence her work. Japanese wood-block
pr ints whose simple lines capture the essence of organic forms\, inform her l ineated ‘hand-cut
white paper’ compositions. Her work exceeds the vie wer’s expectation of the possibilities of
paper.  Harris was shortlis ted for the Club Monaco Emerging Artist's Award at the The Other Art
Fair this November.   She graduated in 2009 with a BA in Fine Art Printmaki ng from the University
of Brighton\, was artist in residence at The M use at 269 this year\, and won the Silver Arts Award
at the 2010 Flip side Film Festival.      
    
Ye Hongxing also employs Eastern techniques and Chinese ceramic decorative patterns\, which
she fuses with the traditionally Western medium of oil paint.  Hongxing will exhibit 2 works from
her ‘Thanka’ series at Scream\, both works depicting a c ircular collaged motif inspired by Indian
deities\, and composed of j ewel-coloured stickers.  East meets West in her practice\, which
embr aces realism in its echoing of organic forms\, with a heavenly visionary ae sthetic. 

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Hongxing is one of the rising stars of the Chinese contem porary art scene\, and was selected as one of the top 20 emerging painters in China at the Dragonair Emerging Chinese Artist Awards (DECAA)\,
an d her work has been well received internationally\, with exhibitions includ ing Art Scene Beijing\;
Chongquing Art Museum\; Nanjing Museum of Con temporary Art\; the 7th Annual Exhibition of
Sculptures and Installat ions in Venice\; Art Taipei in Taiwan\; Art Cologne and Miami Basel.  Born in
1972\, Hongxing graduated from China’s leading art academy – the C entral Academy of Fine Arts
in Beijing – with a Master’s Degree in 19 98.      

Malgosia Stepnik is exhibiting the 5th painting in her series ‘Journey to Self’.  The canvas
represents the Tabula Rasa we embark on our life journey with\, which leaves us open to endless
pos sibilities.  The intention here was to represent on canvas the openness and purity of a child’s
mind\, and the effort to retain that purity of t hought as an adult in contemporary society.  ‘Tabula
Rasa (Baby Dream s)’ has a pared down aesthetic with a heavenly quality\, enhanced by the us ed
of phosphorus paint that emits an ethereal glow when the lights ar e dimmed.  Stepnik studied
Sociology with Psychology in her native Po land\, before moving to London to pursue Modern and
Contemporary Art Studies at Christie’s\, and graduating with First Class hons in BA Fine Art s at
City &\; Guilds London College of Art.  Her knowledge of psyc hology and sociology is inherent in
her art\, which has intellectual and psychedelic elements.      

Andrew McAttee’s paintings inhab it the more vibrant end of the rainbow\, and the canvas he is
exhibit ing at Scream is a glorious riot of cosmic symbols that pops with colour.  His work is a
hybrid of graffiti and fine art\, and he applied his Po p aesthetic to the drab disused public spaces
of urban London\, sendi ng a message out that beauty can be found in the most unlikely places.
McAttee studied Fine Art at Central St. Martin’s where he became interest ed in abstract
expressionism\, the influence of which is clear in his paintings.  Since graduating in 1995 he has
exhibited in New York an d Europe in exhibitions such as ‘Yeah\, Yeah\, Yeah’ at Forster Gallery\, < br />and shown his work in Scope Art Fair at Miami Basel\, and the London A rt Fair.  He worked on a
project with Sony PS3 this year\, and his wo rk is included in private collections across the globe\,
including th e US\, Europe\, South Africa\, and Middle East.   McAttee had a solo show a t Lebenson
Gallery in Paris this autumn\, and has an exhibition at Pu re Evil Gallery in London next March.
His work has been featured in p ublications including The Observer\, The Daily Telegraph and New
York Magazine\, and in the publication Walls and Frames.      

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Cain Cas er’s paintings have a similar Pop sensibility as McAttee’s\, with roots as a graffiti artist\,
experience of rave culture\, and an abstract expr essionist style that are evident in his neon
portraits of unexpected figures such as Agatha Christie.  He is exhibiting until 7th January 2012 i n
a solo show 'Hypnagogia' at Gallery 94.  Born in 1973\, Caser’s dev eloped his art on the streets of
London from the tender age of 12\, a nd his current work plugs a void between figuration and
abstraction\, reminiscent of Jean-Michel Basquiat.  His abstract neon portraits exploit the tendency
to see faces where none exist\, and in turn be interpret ed according to the visual hierarchy of the
viewer.  He explains “The motivations of my younger self\, ego and excitement\, are the same cues that I paint by today. My working method currently is to cut up and pho tocopy sketches with paint
on paper creating a collaged drawing\, whi ch then serves as maquette for a painting.”
   
Scott Hove is b ased in California\, and creates sculptures and installations exploring our search
for gratification through indulgence\, and society’s celebrat ion of the artificial.  Unusually\, he
chooses to convey his message through the medium of cake.  However there is a twist\, Hove’s
cake i s inedible and often comes with teeth.  His surreal cakes with their menaci ng fangs portray
the fight between desire and guilt\, and bring to mi nd a kind of 21st century version of the
Surrealist vagina denta\, as symbolized by Salvador Dali’s depictions of Lions with manes\, or
Me ret Oppenheim’s Fur-covered cup and saucer.

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At Scream Hove wi ll exhibit ‘Gearface’\, a baby pink confection with jutting teeth\, and ‘An ger
Cake’\, a candy-coloured gateau adorned with cherries\, whose cen terpiece is a gaping feline jaw.
Hove is in the middle of constructin g ‘Cakeland’ in a warehouse in Oakland\, California\, an
installation comprised of full length mirrors\, taxidermy pieces\, 10\,000 plastic cher ries\, lights and
fake cake.  Hove’s unusual sculptures and installat ions have been exhibited at galleries around
the world including\; Sa n Jose Museum of Art\; San Francisco’s Dudley Gallery\; Artspace
Shre veport LA\; and La Halle Saint Pierre in Paris.       

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