Shadows of a Dream is the title of the latest exhibition at Nitroglobus Hall, curated by Dido Haas, which has a soft opening on Friday, February 19th, and a formal opening on Sunday, February 21st at 12:30 SLT.
The exhibition features the work of two artists, Angelika Corral and SheldonBr, who together present a series of mostly nude, black-and-white avatar studies. These are offered in two contrasting styles, charcoal sketches (by Sheldonbr) and digital images (by Angelika), all of which are presented the very large format familiar to Nitroglobus exhibitions.
“Charcoal drawings can be seen in the earliest primitive caves of early humans. Digital images are a clear sign of the evolution of the species – the use of computers,” the artists note of the exhibition. They continue, “However, art remains the same; an idea, an attitude; the vital expression of oneself and art isn’t dependent on a specific medium.”
The result is a stunning sequence of images around the walls of the hall which invite the observer, “to question the value of the arts in its more pure essence; the art of representation, using only light and dark,” as they embark on “a poetic journey through the depiction of the figure gesture. It is a representation of the duality between real life and the digital world (the artists prefer this term instead of second life), and the contrast between light and shadow.”
To try to describe the images with dry words is something of a futile effort; they all speak eloquently and clearly for themselves. Each one, whether charcoal or digital, has its own vital essence which is best experienced first-hand.
The gallery space itself also adds significantly to the pieces, further encouraging the need to see them first-hand. Divided in to two distinct spaces by a translucent awash in an animated mist or smoke, the gallery space allows the images on display to be “reflected” in the floor by the use of duplicate images mounted in the space below. This, coupled with the presence of sculptures by the late Nitro Fireguard which are not similarly “reflected” in the floor, adds to the dream-like aspect of the exhibit in keeping with its title.
Shadows of a Dream is a superb offering from two talented artists, and an exhibition not to be missed. Should you wish to attend the formal opening, please be advised that attendees are asked to wear something black and/or white, in keeping with the theme of the exhibition.
- Nitroglobus Hall (Rated: Moderate)