Tom Gidley “From the Corner of Your Eye to the Corner of the Room and Back Again” exhibit
Paradise Row – London
May25 – June 30, 2012
Paradise Row presents an exhibition by Tom Gidley of new paintings and sculptures themed around portraiture and representations of the human body. In this body of work Gidley looks at the perception of the self in relation to the destructive and regenerative forces of the natural world.
Gidley combines objects and paintings to create intriguing relations and playful juxtapositions, a web of connections forming an open ended narrative. Seen in the context of the faces around them, the objects could be read as devotional objects or totems, the physical manifestations of thought processes we aren’t aware of. Totems, according to Levi Strauss, are chosen arbitrarily for the purpose of making the world a comprehensive and coherent classificatory system. In Gidley’s work the system appears to be breaking down, reforming, making unexpected relationships. Working in a broad range of materials he describes these sculptures as ‘future relics’, objects from an impossible psychological archive or fetishistic collection.
In Gidley’s paintings the figure is predominantly presented in isolation, as if in interior thought. Whether based on people he knows and invites to pose for him, archive images or historical artworks, something is always withheld, changed, and no one is fully present.
Paradise Row Gallery
74a Newman Street
London W1T 3DB
T: +44 (0)20 7636 9355
Mon – Fri : 11 am – 7 pm
Sat: 11am – 6pm