UNIX Gallery is excited to announce its participation in Art15, held in London’s distinguished Olympia exhibition center in Kensington from May 21 – 23, 2015. The gallery is presenting a carefully curated show featuring new works from Engels, KwangHo Shin, Justin Bower, Eugenio Merino, Desire Obtain Cherish, Machiko Edmondson, as well as Alfredo Scaroina.
British artist Machiko Edmondson refers to her practice as a representation of painting rather than as being representational. Despite the overt use of faces as her image source, she regards her work as neither figurative paintings nor as portraits of people. Employing the momentary seduction of fashion photography to lure the viewer into the world of idealized beauty, her paintings mimic the styles and codes of the desire industry to question the value and obsessions of aspirational perfection.
For Haitian-born abstract artist Engels, painterly elements are just as much an aesthetic choice as a vehicle for the creative process. He builds with wood, paper, and layers of paint, questioning the elemental notions of what is painting. “Stretchers lay bare. Canvas is crumpled, torn, or shredded. Staples can be more than simple fasteners and can function as paint,” he explains. Engels has the uncanny ability to create pieces as if from nothing, always listening to his senses. In addition to being featured in many influential private collections, Engels has been featured in the Florence Biennale in 2011. In 2014 Engels was the subject of award winning painter, Patrik Graham’s BP Portrait submission. Graham’s portrait of Engels was exhibited in the British National Portrait Gallery and became the face of the 2014 campaign with posters and advertisements of the portrait throughout the city and the London Underground.
Justin Bower’s striking and complex portraits speak to the destabilizing effect technology has on the individual and how it has infected the daily lives of contemporary man. The artist places these post-human faces in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems and augments specific features – such as three eyes, spliced noses, melting mouths – to optically play with notions of stasis, and conceptually destabilize the subject. Born in San Francisco and currently living in Los Angeles, Bower’s post-human subjects separate human from non-human, interior from exteriority and self from binaries. He addresses an invasive trauma that is encountered daily and how we might interact with it symbolically.