Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Kiss Me Deadly, Paradise Row

Kiss Me Deadly is a group show of contemporary neo-noir art from LA, curated by Price Latimer Agah at Paradise Row in London, accompanied by text from Alissa Bennett.

It runs from 24th January to 9th March. Here's the information from Paradise Row:

Paradise Row presents Kiss Me Deadly, a group show of new art from Los Angeles framed by the sensibilities and concerns of film noir culture that flourished in L.A. in the 1940s and 50s.

Paintings, sculptures and film are presented in an immersive exhibition design piecing together representations of Los Angeles and its cinematic history. The selected artworks become protagonists symbolically occupying archetypal narrative roles: a femme fatale, a fall guy, a hardboiled detective, a hapless grifter, the lone wolf or simply a victim of circumstance.

Together the works and the show embody the tenets and visual styles of film noir, first defined in 1955 by French critics Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton as "oneiric, strange, erotic, ambivalent and cruel."

Kiss Me Deadly features work from Jeneleen Floyd, Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, Francesca Gabbiani, Sayre Gomez, Mark Hagen, Glenn Kaino, Aaron Sandnes, Allison Schulnik, Simmons & Burke, Bobbi Woods, Rosha Yaghmai.

I have been invited to the private view but I don't think I'll make it because it's snowing again in London, and anyway I'm supposed to be staying in and writing a crime novel. The show looks interesting though, doesn't it? The picture, above, is Cabaret Straylight #2 by Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe. I hope to get along to this and the Murder in the Library exhibition at the British Library in the next few weeks.

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