PANTHEON ‘And, by the sweat of their brow

Image Credit: The Artist Project Space


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Saturday 16 March 2019 – Saturday 30 March 2019
Opening Hours: Wed - Sat 11 am to 5 pm

Preview Friday 15 March, 7 - 10 pm

Performance Calling from Pomp, with Olivia Parr and Fynne Saunders, 8 pm

Pantheon refers to the pre-Christian temple (113- 125 AD) that housed all the collective gods of the Roman pagan belief system. The word has since been adopted to describe all the deities of a given religion or an important group of people. Philip Guston chose this term as the title of his painting (1973), as he coalesced the Pantheon of his influences from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

Edwards and Wilson employ this term as it allows them to directly reference and engage with classical mythology. However, they also wish to play with the linguistic heritage of this term by creating their own imagined temple within the space, where the hierarchy is subverted as the viewer will find absurd and surreal next to the lofty and mythic.

This exhibition will be a collective pantheon of both artists, as their works begin conceptually leaping from Minoan culture and Ovid's metamorphosis to Dante's Divine Comedy, 20th-century modernist prose and Monty Python.

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