The latest exhibition at DixMix Gallery, which opened on Wednesday, November 23rd 2016, features the art of Fingers (Fingers Scintilla) and Maloe Vansant, together with a new display of work by gallery owner and curator, DixMix Source.
Maloe and Fingers are ideally suited to be exhibited together: there is something of a similarity in style and vision in their work, and the pieces displayed at DixMix underline this perfectly, presenting a combined, yet highly individual pairing of studies.
Maloe’s pieces, drawn from Dixmix’s personal collection of her work, are on display in the foyer gallery space, on both the lower and mezzanine levels. In all, ten images are displayed, two of them in a very large format, with a focus on the female face. All are striking, using light and shadow, colour and tone to extraordinary effect, to produce pieces with incredible emotive depth.
What particularly struck me about several of the pieces is the way they might be seen not only as studies of the human face, but also as the face as a landscape. A place where colour and shadow mix with the rise of cheek, arch of eyebrow, pout of lips, sweep of nose and covering of flowers, to impart a feeling that the eye is travelling over a new country; a place steeped in emotion, memory and feeling. Look again, and the emphasis shifts, as we are drawn to a particular feature: lips and eyes particularly; and with that shift comes new interpretations.
Walk through the gallery from the foyer, and you’ll pass through the Black and Grey Galleries, featuring images by Gaus (Cicciuzzo Gausman) and Dixmix Source respectively. Again, these present images on a similar theme: the female form; both artists offering a series of sensual and in some instances, erotic studies.
Finger Scintilla’s work occupies the White Gallery. Here are twelve images which again offer facial studies and employ a vibrant, living use of colour, tone and light to quite remarkable – might I say startling – effect. Several of the pieces have a feeling of abstraction about them, others a suggestion of collage. All are powerful in content.
Take Electric Fervour and The Future Is Mine Only, both seen at the top of this article. Each is incredible in its presentation and depth. Each reaches out us and hold us in a way which is not just down to their sheer size; there is life within them; a life most clearly expressed through their eyes. Nor are these two images alone. There is an expression of life which permeates all of Finger’s images displayed here. Each of them leaves one with the unshakeable feeling that if the eyes are – as the old saying goes – the window of the soul, then Fingers is giving us a glimpse into the souls of his subjects.
Together, these are two fabulous exhibitions of work by two remarkable artists. Neither should be missed while on display at DixMix Gallery. Fingers’ work will remain on display through until the beginning of January, and Maloe will be at the Gallery through until the end of February.
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