How beautiful ugliness is

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How beautiful ugliness is, 28 of May 2010 Mixed Media © Red Gate Gallery
How beautiful ugliness is

209a Coldharbour Lane, London
Brixton, London SW9 8RU
United Kingdom
May 28th, 2010 - June 24th, 2010



A group exhibition of works exploring the concept of ugliness

Andrew Lacon ● Charlotte E Padgham ● Daisy McMullan ● Elizabeth de Monchaux ● Ellen Angus ● Gabriela Fabrowska ● Giles Hinchcliff ● Heidi Kayla ● Ina Dorthea Thuresson ● Ivan Riches ● James Saint Claire ● Jane Sacco ● Jane Skinner ● Kerry Clark ● Linda Ayres ● Marcus Orlandi ● Maru Rojas ● Mayou Trikerioti ● Mia-Nelle Droschler ● Paul Morris ● Philip Wong ● Pilar Camino Acon ● Ricardo Sleiman ● Richard Zeiss ● Robert West ● Sarah Crew ● Sue Skitt ● Tamar Lev-On & Dotan Bahat ● thickandtastyxxx ● Yara Tschallener ●

Private View:                                     Friday 28th of May 2010 - 6 pm to 11 pm

Exhibition runs from:           Friday 28th of May 2010 – Thursday 24th of June 2010

Gallery Opening Hours:       Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 11 am to 6.30 pm

Sat: 12.30pm - 5.00 pm

Last day of Exhibition:         Thursday 24th of June: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible? Where does the magnetic appeal of the sordid and the scandalous come from? Is ugliness also in the eye of the beholder?

'How beautiful ugliness is!' is a forthcoming exhibition of works by a group of artists at Red Gate Gallery exploring the concept of ugliness, the monstrous and the repellent in visual culture and the arts. This provocative exhibition explores in-depth our present day notions of the horrid as well as darkness in art and literature.

Apparently beauty and ugliness are concepts that imply each other, and by ugliness we usually mean the opposite of beauty, so all we need to do is define the first to understand the nature of the second. This exhibition aims to lead us on a surprising journey of expressions of all things ugly, investigating mankind's unspoken fascination and fear of the sordid, repugnant, horrendous and grotesque. The down-side of beauty lets one discover a vast and often unsuspected iconographic vein. This exhibition endeavours for visitors to consciously face ugliness with the hope that they will discover: 'How beautiful ugliness is!'