Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery is pleased to present a group show featuring
the work of five artists: Jonathan Allen, David Brooks, Luke Butler, Rä
di Martino and KB Jones. The World Is Yours suggests that the world is
what you make of it, and points to the artists’ creation of their own
Jonathan Allen's paintings and works on paper recycle pop imagery,
abstraction, political iconography, and the mundane to evoke his
eccentric vision. His surreal dreamscapes often examine the bizarre
contradiction, and absurdities, of today's cultural and political
climate. Allen weaves together a variety of media and techniques;
oil/acrylic paint, pen/ink rendering, pencil, pastel, and collage
elements to create seamlessly relevant works of art.
David Brooks’ work considers the relationship between the individual
and the built and natural environment. The fact that the world is
comprised of countless ecosystems and innumerable autonomous
relationships within them inspires Brooks in his attempt to define and
map the individual within the “seemingly endless environment of now”.
The whole is implied by the parts – and in Brooks’ case, the parts are
the medium of his sculptures.
Luke Butler toys with contemporary mythology. To him, “The End” is a
classical figure that looms in our consciousness despite our ability to
see right through it. As a static image floating in a frame it seems
contradictory, absurd, and poignant – an anti-picture. He also suspects
that ubiquitous, overpowering figures like the Presidents of the United
States must also be little human men, vulnerable characters whose
preoccupations could look a lot like his, and maybe even yours.
Rä di Martino is interested in the relationship between our intimate
sphere, memory, subconscious and the fictions we create around
ourselves. Her most recent film, The Red Shoes, recalls a story and
resembles something - a hazy memory or dream - from somewhere – déjà
vu, perhaps. The Red Shoes can be read as found footage and a sort of
day dream, (the film was shot ‘day for night') and while the title and
scene are familiar, the viewing experience is more than what it seems.
KB Jones’ subject matter is drawn from images of her childhood in
Africa, and her life today in Brooklyn, and speaks to the powers of
association and suggestion. Her paintings manage to be both familiar
and enigmatic at the same time. She has developed her own visual
vocabulary which subtly communicates itself to the viewer – figures
emerge from textures, only to dissolve into the surface of the picture
plane, once again.