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Review: Miles Aldridge at Brancolini Grimaldi

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013
Short Breaths

Through September 28

"A slightly uncomfortable quality is what I'm after. I don't feel like making happy pictures about beautiful models being content... these pictures... they're pictures of humans not mannequins. They're troubled, wounded and confused, questioning who they are now that they have everything they want." -Miles Aldridge

This exhibition, the artist's first at Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery, coincides with his major retrospective at Somerset House, I Only Want You to Love Me, (through September 29), and features a series of large scale prints. Aldridge's work is known for its often saccharine color palate and unnerving scenes of fractured perfection. Tension and drama quickly surface in works that reveal everything is not as it should be. Figures are disconnected from reality, their bodies appear the image of flawless beauty but are void of life, as if robots going through the motions. These are but the patterns of life. A young redhead in a nightie holds a drier to her already dry head of locks; an actress sits at her vanity a pink cigarette in hand, and one put out in her cheese toast rather than the adjacent ashtray; a young blond lays motionless on a shocking pink carpet, plastic dry-cleaning bag over her airways. There are also several works from The Dead series. While less color-saturated these haunt in different ways. These dramas conjure spirits, and figures seem to be seduced by the calling back of an unattainable past.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Brancolini Gramaldi Gallery

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