Engaging and provocative exhibition called BrOther by the collective of artists known as AndroTechne. Their regular meetings and collaborative working is showing fruit in the increased intensity of this exhibition compared to their show back in the summer. The Menier is a larger gallery, these are all new pieces and some are the results of forays in to other media.
Much to draw thought on in the world of the “My Brother, the Other”: I was caught by Graeme Messer’s Wrapped Figures, three sculptured models wrapped in a wide variety of materials, illustrating in an attractive way how we are entangled by everything we do.
Equally thoughtful is Jon Armour’s work, he’s shown videos before but “Totem” has an increased intensity and mastery of advanced art video techniques in its multi-windowed exploration of skin and skin art tattoos. And his striking series of oil canvases “Jar of Liver”; in themselves just as described, but provocatively reminiscent in their sensuality of the photographs of white lilies by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Guy Burch is showing a number of his stylish collages on his wall in groups called “Players” and “Model Men”.
Richard Dickson’s ink, graphite and chalk drawings are as three dimensional as his heavily abstracted sculptures.
But the most unusual media of the exhibition must surely be Brian Dennis’ selection of his portraits sculpted in real apples and then frozen in silicone. The results are just as full of character as his excellent portraits on flat media.
And plenty more.
My photos above use a slit-scan technique
BrOther continues for only one week at the Menier Gallery, just across Southwark Street from Tate Modern. You get a good view of The City at night if you choose to walk home along the Thames Path.