"The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man". Friedrich Nietzsche
In a jolting new exhibition, artists Steele and Frimpong (aka Freeakpong) collaborate and join together in a savage-like force, forming an alliance against humanity. Their somewhat violent works comment upon everything they believe is wrong with the world (and that's a lot). They seem to hate us all - white, black, religious, atheist, homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual; relationships, families, babies...every single form of humanity, every single one of us, and whatever category we might fall under, they despise.
Both artists expose the worst in us, the audience. Both together as an artistic team and as individual artists, they describe how wrong we are, and remind us of our felonies and misdeeds, of our immorality and our ignorance. Nothing is ever good; negativity is inescapable and flows through every part of us into the deepest, darkest corners of ourselves, polluting our souls.
Freeakpong's child-like watercolour drawings explicitly confront and expose our innermost fears, darkest thoughts and corrupt fantasies. Sexism, hatred and political error are especially prevalent themes and play important roles within her obsessively detailed work. We are often caught off-guard as a spectator and pushed into feeling like the heroine character of the painting: defenceless, hopeless and naked, void of any excuses or answers - we have all done wrong.
Steele's work, on the other hand, isn't a representation of fantastical occurrences. He creates first-hand scenes within space, where the space is his canvas. He creates tangible experiences with which the audience can interact with, drawing them in, to become part of them almost instantaneously. Ever wanted to be a porn star or a suicide bomber?! His central installation will decimate everything we believe in by freezing a moment in time; he glorifies a bomb and kneels appraisingly to the bomber, inviting you to do the same.
"This is the pit of my soul. I spit my thoughts and in feelings onto the canvas. It's disgusting to see". Freeakpong
"I am terrified that I exist. I fill my work with violence and anger as a distraction". Joseph Steele