PLEASE DON´T MAKE ME CRY
Participating Artists: Meiro Koizumi, Rachel Lowther, Stu Mead, Natsuki Uruma
Emily Tsingou Gallery | 10 Charles II Street | SW1Y 4AA London | March 12th through April 30th, 2003
Emily Tsingou Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition of young, contemporary artists in the gallery presented by Georgina Starr. "All men and women have these dangerous, unnamable impulses, yet they keep up a pretence, to themselves, and to others; their respectability, their philosophy, their religion, are all attempts to gloss over, to make look civilized and rational something that is savage, unorganized and irrational." The Outsider, Colin Wilson.
Stu Mead´s lifelong obsession has been with making meticulously crafted paintings and drawings of young girls. He identifies with them and sees these girls as female versions of himself. His teenage drawings were sweet images of girls with blond hair and pigtails doing mischievous things. His more recent work is as much layered with sexually charged imagery as it is with innocence. "Making images of women and girls is a way of making myself beautiful by making something beautiful. In my family the pinnacle of beauty was female beauty. My dad, mom and sister were preoccupied with perfection and I knew that I was really far from that, being physically deformed. So there's a connection, me fantasizing about myself being perfect and visualizing that perfection being female".
Rachel Lowther´s immaculately executed Blue Nude is a shiny blue sculpture of a horse with extra large testicles. Weighed down by its own maleness, the horse is both grotesque and comic as it is grandiose and attractive. Mindflayer is Lowther´s depiction of trembling testosterone. Green polyurethane spheres vibrate and shiver on the floor like "free range" sex.
"Real craziness is something scary for real. Real mystery is also something that troubles your life. Real darkness is never wanted in life. Real loneliness is lonely and miserable for real. But the images of craziness, mystery, darkness and loneliness are things people love to consume and enjoy "says Meiro Koisumi. In Merokozuuuumi, Koizumi becomes a one-man theatre. As his foot makes the rhythm and his left hand performs, his right hand films the proceedings. His body must be twisted and distorted, but that´s the last thing on your mind. His hand has transformed into a muscular deformed little man with a very big voice. Is he Koizumi´s alter ego? He shouts his own name, over and over.
Natsuki Uruma´s work focuses on drawing and performance. Individual Against the Group is a drawing of an angry rabble. They look enraged and ready to explode. Romantic and immediate, innocent yet dangerous Uruma´s past performances, have included her urinating in New York´s Chanel store and pole dancing on the London underground. A new performance by Uruma will take place during the private view of this exhibition.