On Valentine's Day, Blacks opens the solo show Wendy Bevan St. Valentine, showcasing a selection of Polaroids of female nudes and semi-nudes.
Valentine's Day may be associated with fertility and love, and the pre-Roman festival of Lupercalia, celebrated to turn away evil spirits and purify new life in Spring. It also marks the day martyr Saint Valentine was buried on north of Rome. Bevan's series Valentine, draws from these themes among others, while her Flora series, does not only stand for Floralia, the festival of spring, but also flirts with death unable to contemplate it.
Finding inspiration in the Italian old masters of the Baroque and the Renaissance, to Vienna secession artists and the French fin-de-siecle, Bevan finds her own way to praise the woman. In one of her series, she explores the allegory of Death and the Maiden, flirting with decadent eroticism and symbolism, enhancing erotic overtones and exploring the ethereal beauty of her female muses as they are overlooked by death, which stand as an agent of erotic seduction.
A limited edition exhibition catalogue will be available on the night of the opening.
Curated by Gabriella Daris