Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (Wandsworth) – Sara Berman & Luella Bartley: Armoured

Sara Berman | Hook and Eye, 2022 | Oil on linen | 120 x 120 cm / 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in, © The Artist, Image Courtesy of Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery London

11 May – 11 June, 2022

Private View: Tuesday 10 May 5:30 – 8 pm

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery is delighted to present the first exhibition by artists Sara Berman and Luella Bartley running from 11 May – 11 June 2022.

The title, Armoured, is taken from a poem by fashion curator Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, which inspired the two artists. Their show includes new works by Berman and Bartley, whose practices explore the female experience, specifically in relation to the body and space. This joint exhibition presents viewers with Berman’s boldly scaled paintings of women dealing with the semiotics of dress-in this instance in the context of armour, alongside Bartley’s stark white sculptures of bandaged, contorted limbs, bent into angles that are simultaneously bold and awkward, beautiful, and grotesque. Bartley will also include gestural drawings of the naked female body, twisted into brazen postures. Both artist’s work possesses a compelling sense of rawness and intimacy: it is a visual dialogue that the viewer is invited not just to witness but to participate in.

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