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Paradise Row presents an exhibition by Tom Gidl ey of new paintings and sculptures themed around portraiture and r epresentations of the human body. In this body of work Gidley looks at the perception of the self in relation to the destructive and regenerative forc es of the natural world.

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Gidley combines objects and paintings to create intriguing relations and playful juxtapositions\, a web of connections for ming an open ended narrative. Seen in the context of the faces around them\ , the objects could be read as devotional objects or totems\, the physical manifestations of thought processes we aren't aware of. Totems\, according to Levi Strauss\, are chosen arbitrarily for the purpose of making the worl d a comprehensive and coherent classificatory system.  In Gidley's work the system appears to be breaking down\, reforming\, making unexpected relatio nships. Working in a broad range of materials he describes these sculptures  as 'future relics'\, objects from an impossible psychological archive or fetishistic collection.

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In Gidley's paintings the figure is predominantl y presented in isolation\, as if in interior thought. Whether based on peop le he knows and invites to pose for him\, archive images or historical artw orks\, something is always withheld\, changed\, and no one is fully present . His varied stylistic approach to painting emphasises the impersonality of people in paintings from any period\, which are always parts of a construc tion\, a shifting reflection of our wish to find individuality in depiction s of individuals.

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Gidley's chameleon approach suggests we are undergoing constant transformation with everything else in the natural world\; our pl ace in it and within ourselves never stable or fixed in time.

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P rivate View: Thursday 24th May 2012\, 7.00-9.00pm

DTEND:20120630 DTSTAMP:20141122T025521 DTSTART:20120525 GEO:51.5175928;-0.1360265 LOCATION:Paradise Row\,74a Newman Street \nLondon\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:From the Corner of Your Eye to the Corner of the Room and Back Agai n\, Tom Gidley UID:223232 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR